Poesy plus Polemics

mob “Mob Mentality” by Mary Jessie Sullivan

there is no I in war

no self in politics

faceless factions

more suitable units

for American bloodsport

more easily rallied

more readily drawn

into vehement battlelines

no you and me

nothing personal here

just the we and the they

the us and the them

stand in counterpoise

word-bullets fired

each volley a voice


its speech is of no one

the audible argot of mobs

antithetical set-piece

of groupthink in wage of

distasteful philosophies

history honed to ambitious

impersonal shapes of

pure blind opposition

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