Democracy, September 30, 2020

          roy herndon smith

a system of government by the whole population
--Apple Dictionary 2.2.2, 2005-2017

After the tyrant's assault
and a night of daymares and occasional sleep
i wake to the beep! beep! beep! of a car alarm
into reality as democracy

the mellow grey morning
cool breezes rustling the leaves
the murmuring of the city
Mary still sleeping 
and the old house creaking

the eternal government of all by all
that encircles and ends
a tyrant's rule
as it does a fire or a species 
that consumes all it depends on