Day 57

BRENDAN MCLEOD

 

Six Tankas About the State of Things
 

Can we all agree
the scientist who named their
wasp discovery
murder hornet must have slayed
at the yearly convention?
 
ii
(Perhaps that kind of
bravado’s unattractive
to those studying
insects – in which case screw the
convention entirely.)
 
iii
Entomologist
murder I search, and before
I can type hornet
it predicts: in Georgia home –
which I click because I must.
 
iv
Did this scientist’s
hot tub threesome cause murder?
the headline thunders –
crowning my most fulfilling
Google rabbit hole ever.
 
v
Though cause it’s Georgia
I think of re-opening.
Armed protestors, all
white, arguing their right to
kill others for a haircut.
 
vi
Imagine equal
response to Indigenous
activists. You can’t
because indulgence is a
mechanism of control.
 
 
 



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