Just Suppose

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
– Kurt Vonnegut




you excuse his depiction of

an entire ethnic group as rapists,

murderers and drug dealers, and say


you get past the insults he’d slung at

the Senator who spent five years

as a prisoner of war; now say


you find a tiny space in your heart

to forgive him for demeaning women

in the most disparaging terms imaginable,


and dismiss his solution to mass shootings

is to put guns in kindergarten classrooms

as mere jest while you struggle to digest


his comparison of the sacrifices he’d made

constructing tall buildings with opulent

boardrooms and gilded bathrooms


with the parent’s loss of a child who

made the ultimate sacrifice fighting

for his freedom to prosper. Say


you pardon these transgressions figuring

he must be a policy genius, and at the debate

his position on immigration, terrorism


and healthcare are devoid of substance;

he stutters and cunningly says,

Trust me.


Just suppose at the bottom of the swamp

lie the champion of alt-right bigots and

lobbyists and debunkers of science last seen


posing for Norman Rockwell

reminiscing the 1960s

longing to go home, and these same


white men settle into a white house

on Pennsylvania Avenue as strategist,

advisors and members of the cabinet.


Juxtapose it’s 2020: all of the crops have dried up,

shelves are full of domestic goods no one can afford,

immigrants like our forefathers no longer come.


Perhaps we’d be great again

if it were the 1960s.


Just say.


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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16 Responses to Just Suppose

  1. What a beautiful piece, Jim. Depressingly honest and true, too.


  2. Beautifully written. It’s hard to believe anyone could overlook all those things and still vote for him, yet so many did.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Bravo, Jim! ~ He’ll “just say” anything…really anything at all, if it helps him (or not) at the moment. He doesn’t have a moral center, so when he says, “Trust me” I will. I trust he’ll keep doing what he’s been doing for 70 years: whatever he wants and can get away with.


    • Jim Brennan says:

      Well said, Laura. Since he won the election he’s relented on building the wall the way he described he would, is on record that he plans to keep portions of Obama’s historic health care legislation though he swore he’d repeal it lock, stock and barrel, is going to rebuild our infrastructure, a goal of President Obama that Mitch and his crony Republicans blocked in the Congress, and the list is getting longer and longer. He really has no plan, just talks and makes it u[ as he goes. Going to be an interesting four years.


  4. LB says:

    Reblogged this on Life on the Bike and other Fab Things and commented:
    And if you need a poet’s take on it, check out Jim’s words


    • Jim Brennan says:

      LB, thanks for reblogging Just Suppose. Writing it was cathartic, a real purge after the most hateful campaign of my lifetime. I just pray people of our great nation raise above the hate come back together.


  5. LB says:

    Oh Jim, I am devastated.
    Thank you for putting into words what I cannot.


  6. You said it Jim, very succinctly. Thank you.
    . 🍁


  7. aaronwest says:

    I said “no.” Unfortunately I was outnumbered.

    Liked by 2 people

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