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John Samuel Tieman: Great Again

The death of the empire wasn’t difficult 

to record. The 6 o’clock news ended

with the usual uplifting bit, a disabled 

veteran got a medal. A man then turned 

on a rerun and decided how he’d vote 

during a patriotic lawn care commercial. 

The 10 o’clock news explained the border.

Mexicans would stay in Mexico. America

could relax. There was no need to learn 

Spanish or even much English, they said. 

The news ended with the usual uplifting 

segment, a 5thgrader’s spelling bee ribbon.

The death of the empire wasn’t difficult 

to record. A man turned on a late night

rerun and considered how he’d vote 

during a patriotic siding commercial.

The death of the empire wasn’t difficult.


Copyright 2019 John Samuel Tieman

One comment on “John Samuel Tieman: Great Again

  1. dodadagohuhsgi
    October 24, 2019

    The road to Hell is a gradual slope, without warning signs or mileposts. Only eventually the roads turns, and suddenly the way back is obscured, then forgotten..–Tom Reilly

    Liked by 1 person

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