The God of love a smoking volcano,
happy, blissful even, but
In high school I learned that
Mr. Simpson didn’t vote for Reagan.
Our Pastor met with him privately.
He stopped coming to church. A few
others actively loathed the party. But
the church was where their families went,
their friends. They put up
with the sermons like a bad smell——
Gay? Are you kidding?
Democrat? Don’t be silly.
Have an abortion? We’ll shun you.
Streets run red. You breathe in ash.
Kenneth Pobo had a book of ekphrastic poems published in 2017 by Circling Rivers called Loplop in a Red City. Forthcoming from Clare Songbirds Publishing House is a book of his prose poems called The Antlantis Hit Parade. He began writing poetry in 1970 under the influence of “Crystal Blue Persuasion” by Tommy James and the Shondells.