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[ On Poetry ] Triggered

In the hospital waiting room    
I passed the time with what    
was available — Newsweek, likely    
I honestly don't remember much of    
anything other than the harried    
woman hurriedly passing through    
who suddenly halted    
backpeddled a few steps    
snatched up a magazine and    
it cover down on the table in    
before storming away to    
her anger management    
therapist, pharmacist for    
a Benzodiazepine prescription    
or whatever people do    
when in the throes of    
It's hilarious because    
I turned the magazine over    
expecting to be greeted by    
some smirking politician    
party animal logo    
a salacious scandal    
but instead it was of all    
things or people ...    
Michelle Obama!    
To this day, I have no idea    
why the woman reacted so ...    
involuntary and ... well    
Maybe she was taught to hate    
Democrats as a child ?    
Perhaps she was a racist ??    
A staunch admirer of Laura Bush ???    
Jealous of the then First Lady    
having such a confident    
not to mention    
a r t i c u l a t e    
husband ????    
As the inkwell runs dry of question    
marks, the occasion still freshly    
blotting my mind persists—  
I am prone to giggles and fits    
of laughter    
but mostly I remain in awe    
because all it takes is a photograph    
sometimes a batch of musical notes    
or merely a president's name    
for certain people to lose all    
self control, behaving as    
you would expect them to—    
a stereotype of themselves    
foaming at the mouth    
as if his or her very soul    
was just shat upon    
Imagine that, Poets—    
a single word    
That's all you really need    
for some people to be    
Written by JohnnyBlaze
Published | Edited 30th Jul 2020
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