Revolution by Leah Mueller



Godzilla discovers

    when he bites down

      on politicians’ heads,

            they squirt bile.

He holds a politician

      in the air, and stares

            quizzically into its face

as it squirms

             like an upended beetle

    in his talons.

Godzilla debates

   whether or not to eat

          the politician, then decides

       he is no longer hungry.

                He wants to

             save his meal for later,


in case there is

             a nuclear accident

             or a freak blizzard,

             or he is in danger

             of imminent starvation-

     so he places the politician

              in the back of his pantry

       behind the baked beans

       and condensed milk.

Sometimes, late at night

                     he hears a rustling

                                in the cupboard,

       but he ignores it,

               turns up the volume

           on his television

                    several notches, to ten.

The loudness fades

       like frantic wallpaper

                into the background.

Godzilla takes a blue pill,

           retires to his bed

                        for the evening.

Maybe he’ll eat

               the politician tomorrow.

          Maybe he’ll let it live

                      another day.


          Maybe he’ll tell it


that change is coming


    but slowly,

and it had better be patient.

Godzilla rolls onto his back,

  stretches out his massive arms,

    shuts his eyes,

and drifts further away,

until eventually

the politician’s rustling

     ceases entirely.


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Leah Mueller is an independent writer from Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of one chapbook, “Queen of Dorksville” (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2012), and two full-length books, “Allergic to Everything” (Writing Knights Press, 2015) and “The Underside of the Snake” (Red Ferret Press, 2015). Leah was a winner in the 2012 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, sponsored by Winning Writers. Her work has been published in Blunderbuss, 2 Leaf Press, On the Verge, Origins Journal, Talking Soup, Silver Birch Press, Semaphore, Yellow Chair Review, Cultured Vultures, and many other publications. She is a regular contributor to Quail Bell magazine, and was a featured poet at the 2015 New York Poetry Festival.


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