"becoming" and "Nazis en el Casa Blanca"


is not a matter of days
            – nor even of deaths
but built-up over the course of seasons
where mis-educators tending orchards of resentment
spill their ‘cides of idiosyncratic untruths
that poison the “godly” more
since they’re the lowest hanging fruit
willin’ to kill the tree
hacking and burning it all
redolent of smokestacks
and barbed-wire
in faded school-book memories
to be burned away
in the name
of that which is holy



Nazis in el Casa Blanca

is it simply so simple
a journey of a thousand –
begins with a single death
where each camp is a form of alchemy
transmuting resentment into profits
to be displayed in corporate graphs
for government contracts
with remarkably effective marketing
based on fear and greed
boycotting morality
like toddlers throwing a tantrum
the only way to display devotion to their führer​
Bogey would’ve been disgusted
and would have nodded to Sam
to play a song
for the rest of us to sing along
and drown out the hate



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, December 16, 2019 - 23:30