Illustration © Geoffrey Fallon

To the White Women Who Attended His Rallies And Gifted Him Their Votes

Carnival barker
sells tonic to blind, bitter
souls clinging to hate,
tattered confederate flags,
pernicious patriarchy.

An elixir of
illusions. Momentary
muscle and brute force.
It was never meant to cure,
was only meant to addict.


Laurie Rosen is a lifelong New Englander. Her poems appeared in Sisyphus, Tigershark Magazine, The London Reader, The Muddy River Poetry Review, Beach Reads, an anthology from Third Street Writers, Peregrine and Oddball Magazine.

Geoffrey Fallon is a writer and cartoonist. His comic “The Secrets of Skinny People” runs every Monday at Oddball Magazine.