The Leader From Hell

Our holy law tells us

Not to ignore strangers

But to feed them

Not to turn our backs

But to shelter them

Not to push the pursued into their enemies’ arms

But to protect

For were we not all strangers at one time?


But now, he who cares only for himself


Dashes with relish his ink on edicts of exclusion

Caters to his skinhead lovers

Caresses their white faces

Hugs their hooded robes to his body

Begs their approval

Pretends to make us great again


He keeps silent

About the 6,000,000 Jews

Slaughtered by Hitler

He likes a strong leader

He keeps silent

About the burning mosques

Torched by his friends

He keeps ignorant

That Russia has invaded Ukraine

He likes a strong leader


He has time to complain though

He complains

That we don’t allow him

To enjoy his new role





About brucejberger

Bruce J. Berger has published his short fiction in a variety of print and on-line literary journals, including Prole, Jersey Devil Press Anthology, The Awakenings Review, Raphael's Village, Eastown Fiction, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. He also publishes shorts stories for Amazon's Kindle. He is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at American University beginning in August 2015.
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