Tag Archives: Satirical poetry


By Juanita Rey

My friend Aury cradled my head,
pretended her hand skidding across my hair
was running water.

We were in the kitchen
in the heat of the summer,
ten years old,
pretending we were wealthy clients
in some fancy beauty parlor.

Even our mothers never
went to such places
but we’d peered in windows,
witnessed the silky shine
that emerged
from busy fingers, creamy lather.
Such a contrast to our tangled curls,
our hurried baths.

Every age we were
the arch of a brow,
the jiggle of a waist,
would imitate the women
we would someday be.

Even now
when I bend backward in the shower
and close my eyes
to avoid the shampoo sting,
it still feels like this is a game I’m playing.

I’m always ahead of myself.
I can never catch up.

Juanita Rey is a Dominican poet who has been in this country five years. Her work has been published in Pennsylvania English, Opiate Journal, Petrichor Machine and Porter Gulch Review.

Evidence Black Lives Do Not Matter To Whites, Part 2

By Jake Cosmos Aller

In Wisconsin
The police lie
Saying that the man
They shot seven times
In the back

Had a non-existent knife
At least according
to the infamous video tape

still does not justify
the excessive use of deadly force

meanwhile the man
who shot two protestors
walked by the police
saying he had killed two people

the cops waved at him
allowed him to walk to his car
and drive away

earlier the cops had stopped him
thanked him for volunteering
to help maintain the peace
and gave him water

social conservatives
say he was a hero
standing up an unruly mob
defending himself
exercising his second amendment rights

if he had been black
a full style SWAT team
would have been called
and he would have been shot
probably more than seven times
and he would not be allowed
to exercise his second amendment rights

for those are reserved for white people

these two incidents
vividly shows
black and white justice
Trump American style

Jake Cosmos Aller, a novelist, poet, and former Foreign Service officer having served 27 years with the U.S. State Department in ten countries – Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Korea, India, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Spain, and Thailand. and traveled to 45 countries during his career. Jake has been an aspiring novelist for several years and has completed four novels, (Giant Nazi Spiders, “the Great Divorce” and “Jurassic Cruise”, and is pursuing publication. He has been writing poetry and fiction all his life and has published his poetry fiction in over 40 literary journals. Jake grew up in Berkeley, California.