Artwork © Matt Morris


A New Caesar

O Washington! see ye now our new Caesar
he bestrode the wide world like a Toddler
pushing toys about his oval floor
He hollered “Cry covfefe and let slip the hamberders of war!”
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our Space Force, but in physical laws.”
making whooshing noises & “pew pew”
so that when that the poor have cried, Caesar hath giggled:
Ambition should be made of smarter stuff:

it’s been said that
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,
and his will take but a matchbox, if not an tiny envelope
Though his Friends, Billionaires, Merikuns, might shed some tears
Cowards tweet many times before their deaths;
and once was more than enough
You all* did love him once, though without cause:
(*well some tiny fraction at least did)
What cause you then to mourn for him?
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
Wait! What! He’s not yet dead?


Mark A. Fisher is a writer, poet, and playwright living in Tehachapi, CA. His poetry has appeared in: A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Dragon Poet Review, Altadena Poetry Review, Penumbra, The Turnip Truck(s), and many other places. His first chapbook, drifter, is available from Amazon. His second, hour of lead, won the 2017 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Chapbook contest. His plays have appeared on California stages in Pine Mountain Club, Tehachapi, Bakersfield, and Hayward. He has also won cooking ribbons at the Kern County Fair.

Matt Morris is a fine artist and illustrator working in Vermont. He received his BFA in Illustration from the Ringling College of Art & Design, and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His fine art has been commissioned from around the world, and his illustrations have been found in numerous American magazines and newspapers.