Artwork © Eric N. Peterson
I was once a Republican
I believed in conservative values thrift
hard work– wise investments of time and money
Abe Lincoln’s party.
Although I became an Independent
years ago this past year
moved me firmly toward a greater
democracy. I mourn for George &
Breonna & those who marched peacefully
Black Lives Matter.
January 6th hit our lives my heart
like a bomb — riot insurrection
reckless disregard for our Capitol
Violent men and women forced entry
through smashed windows climbed in
as if on jungle gyms scaled walls
to reach senators & representatives in session
to confirm Electoral College votes.
Some rioters carried weapons & fistfuls of
zip ties for any who opposed them.
The President sent these rioters to stop
a peaceful transfer of power
What hurts me now is knowing of friends
who listened still listen to him
on hidden networks.
My mind reels at what happened what
is threatened still to come. What
can we do? What can I do? For now
I pray earnestlythese threats can be stopped
by those who care those who are true
Americans who dare to speak up Bill Belichick
Is one I, too, am an American.
Susan Thanas has been published at All Poetry and recorded by the Duxbury Senior Center.
Eric N. Peterson is from Atlanta, Ga. He’s been drawing cartoons all his life. He leans towards the absurd, imaginative, and the surreal, as that’s where all the flavor is.