One Week in Office-Witnessing a Dictatorship . . .

donald-trumpYesterday, thousands of people filled the streets and airports in response to Trump signing an executive order on immigration. When asked about it Trump responded, “It’s working out, you see it all over, you see it in the airports, it’s working out very nicely.” WTF?
What he’d really like to say is: “Who are you going to believe, me, or your lying eyes?”


His Presence is Real


Mill dust covers the worn leather boots

At the base of the curtain

That is my bedroom door.


Lying in my metal-frame bed

I see the ghostly outline

Of my stepfather

Through its worn, flowered fabric.



It is not my imagination—

The stench of whiskey and stale tobacco


Tells me his presence is real.



He watches me

Through the long, narrow space

Between the curtain and wall

And I watch him

Through slits Of my partially closed eyes…  



© 2016 mandy smith

(excerpt from memoir)