i feel like i’ve been raped.
i am ashamed
afraid of the country where i live
afraid of my neighbors who could choose such blight
upon our nation.
i rush to protect my family,
to fight the monster unleashed,
but i have no weapon but my decency
optimism eludes me
all the lessons,
the “let go, let God”
the serenity to accept what I cannot change
gag in my throat.
i am naked
with an armload of cats
crouching against a giant
who would squash me
without even knowing i was there.