Turn off the television, the computer, the phone
and anything else that might scream obscenities
at you as you take away their power.
Take the newspapers piled at your feet
and crumple them up.
The article about the little girl whose
body was found in a trash bag
on the side of the road,
the little girl who likes My Little Pony
and reminds you of your niece.
The article about the shooting at
a local synagogue which left one
woman dead and several injured,
and you wondered if it was the same
synagogue your son went to for his
friend’s bar mitzvah.
The article about the government lawyer
who said it was safe and sanitary
to make immigrant children sleep on
concrete floors and not allow them soap
or toothbrushes, this after several children
have died in custody.
The article that made you think about
the degradation of humanity and the
the histories that keep repeating.
The article about a writer accusing the
president of sexual assault and you remembered
what he said about grabbing pussy.
The article that made you think
of all the woman who have suffered
at the hands of men just like him who
think women are just pussies to be grabbed.
The articles about rising health costs and
declining health and widening wealth gap
and increased homelessness and the
destruction of our planet and the animals
on the verge of extinction and the threat of war.
Take it all and make a bonfire.
Let the smoke fill your throat
until you choke on all your questions.
Let the smoke fill your eyes
until you can longer see the darkness.
Spin around the bonfire faster and faster
until you fall over.
Let your mind spin and spin
and spin away—
far above the fire
of this burning world.
Bio: Lisa Lerma Weber is a writer living in San Diego. She continues to hope for the best. Her work has appeared in Black Bough Poetry, Bonnie’s Crew, Marias at Sampaguitas, Mookychick, Royal Rose, The Blue Pages Journal, Vamp Cat, and others. Follow her on Twitter @LisaLermaWeber
Image: Joshua Newton