Article III Section I

would the Supreme Court
rule in my favor
if I were to suggest
in this poem
2nd Amendment Solutions
to the problems they have caused
would they find against me
unlike they do the stochastic terror
inflicted on us by
right-wing demagogues
blathering about Replacement
in their ugly echo chambers
spewing out dogwhistles
to their “lone wolves”
would my satanic prayers
be just as protected
as all the evangelical prayers
for the deaths of their enemies
or is that reserved for their brand
of religion alone
would they relish
Congressional adjustment
of the Court itself
as defined in the Constitution
and change the number
of Justices
to a more fitting number
would they forgive my anger
at them twisting
the Long Arc
back on itself
like some Gadsden ouroboros
swallowing itself
in an act of
American Annihilation
would they even know of my words
if I couldn’t even make it onto
some covert FBI list
a secret they’d allow
for the “good”
of the Country



Mark A. Fisher is a writer, poet, and playwright living in Tehachapi, California.  His poetry has appeared in: Reliquiae, Silver Blade,  Eccentric Orbits,  and many other places. His first chapbook, drifter, is available from Amazon. His poem “there are fossils” (originally published in Silver Blade) came in second in the 2020 Dwarf Stars Speculative Poetry Competition. 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.  Mark recommends The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Monday, August 21, 2023 - 11:26