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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  
slammed!    
it cover down on the table in  
disgust  
   
before storming away to  
her anger management    
therapist, pharmacist for  
a Benzodiazepine prescription  
or whatever people do  
when in the throes of  
ridiculousness—  
   
LOL!  
   
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!    
   
Hahahahaha!  
   
To this day, I have no idea  
why the woman reacted so ...  
involuntary and ... well  
   
ludicrous  
   
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  
triggered  
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
JohnnyBlaze
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