Make Me Afraid Again by Kristin Garth

Punk Noir Magazine

Make Me Afraid Again

A driveway can become an extended 

treadmill.  I jog safe lengths back and forth until 

I exhaust muscles, thoughts of how life could end

when my narcissistic president feels

impotent and deprived of power. I can 

not remember when I was deflowered

by a sycophant of cults — MAGA, Mormon.

They will let you grab them — and I cowered

expertly by the age of ten. They fly 

two Trump flags, the neighbors right down the road. 

I’m groped at Christmas indiscreet by my 

father, first time as an adult, and I implode 

but quietly as your president predicts.

Make me afraid again, your body politic. 

Kristin Garth is the author of seventeen books of poetry including Flutter Southern Gothic Fever Dream, The Meadow and Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir.  She is the Dollhouse Architect of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and has a weekly sonnet podcast called Kristin Whispers Sonnets.  Visit her site and talk to her on Twitter @lolaandjolie