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Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States

said in the third person

The number of Americans

killed annually by

jihadist immigrants 2

armed toddlers 21

lightning 31

lawnmowers 69

falling out of bed 737

total and complete

shutdown why stop

with Muslims

ban babies lightning

lawn mowers beds

send them back to where

they came from

lay down

in the tall grass

no fear of falling

no middle of the night

patter of feet no child

sliding between the sheets

squeezing between you

and the nothingness

you sleep next to

lay down in the tall grass

listen to the thunder

watch lightning’s

absence course

through the clouds

the dark sky

darkening.

from Poetry Northwest 12.2 Winter & Spring 2018More by T.J. Sandella from the library

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