Gnashing Teeth Publishing

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Like a Thrashing Hurricane by Douglas G Cala

An influx of pure, unbridled, misbegotten rage
Manifests like metastasized cancer, caught too late, cannot operate
Negligible chance of survival, options weighed

The scales of justice can no longer protect us,
Too much impunity as vandals wreak havoc on Capitol Hill,
Something straight out of The Day After Tomorrow or Olympus Has Fallen,
The most exaggerated disaster-epics are coming into fruition in our daily society
Director Roland Emmerich would say he told us so
He is one of the prophets whose films continue to turn profits

Bloodied carcasses trampled over by passionate dissenters,
You can hear the crack of ribs, the labored breaths, crimson coughs, the blood spatter patterns

indicate this is straight up homicide, domestic terrorism unraveling at a commensurate rate
Never mind this scene that swells for hours, law enforcement curiously late to the scene
Makes you think if this was an inside job, the powers that be are the inside men
Too easy to blame the cheese-eating rats, those who would turn over and sell his brother up the river to protect his own skin

Let us awaken when all this concludes,
We must wipe the collective dust from our eyelids,
An inaugural ceremony on the horizon

black and white photo of woman in black clothes with her back to the camera, wearing a white knit cap standing in the snow in front of trees

Feijoa Dreams by Ana Martinez

Things that didn’t stop the car bomb from going off near my grandmother’s house: A gentle childhood nestled with tucked-in nightly prayers and teddy bear kisses, framed by high ceiling

close up of woman wearing glasses with red listick and straight blond hair with a grey shirt

When Did I Know? by Maple Scoresby

As long as I can remember, every star that shot across the sky, every birthday candle I blew out, came with the silent wish that I would wake the next

crow in flight

The Crows Remember by Alex Grehy

My grandfather once shot a crow for the simple crime of stealing peas – he hung the body from the canes as a warning to the others. Already dressed in

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