Miasma by KJ Hannah Greenberg
Capitalism’s zeitgeist, unlike similar popular brands of thought,
Skews yen, euros, dollars around town halls ordinarily devoid
Of floral corners, pretty hardwood trees, fresh, natural ornament.
Most often, bad smells, per se, issue from autologous causes;
Narcissistic political choices don’t overcome “leaders” wont
To dance on denizens’ heads, flout rules, generally misbehave.
Some saps assume that breaching civic trust is as nothing, is
Eviscerating trout, taxiderming whitetails, shooting mallards;
“Lowly critters” deserve tapered longevity, maybe no liberties.
Only when whistle blowers sleep with media mavens do self-
Absorbed chiefs chance comeuppance, endure certain forfeits,
Elsewise make awkward headlines in hurriedly forgotten rags.
Stink arises from misplaced morals, elapsed ethics, as well as
Ancient explanations for acting out via designs cohorts cannot
Dream or dare. Headship’s n’ere a chandelier-swung accolade,
Derby-announced trophy, or even a meager excuse for straying.
©2020 KJ Hannah Greenberg
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KJ Hannah Greenberg delights in words. Sometime after the Mesozoic Era, she became a Rhetoric Professor. Two decades and four kids later, she relocated to “the other side of the world” and began to focus on creative writing. After getting cozy with her keyboard, she’s been fortunate to have more than thirty of her books published.
Hannah’s poetry collections are: Beast There—Don’t That (Fomite Press, 2019), The Wife/Mom (Seashell Books, 2019), Mothers Ought to Utter Only Niceties (Unbound CONTENT, 2017), A Grand Sociology Lesson (Lit Fest Press, 2016), Dancing with Hedgehogs (Fowlpox Press, 2014), The Little Temple of My Sleeping Bag (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), Citrus-Inspired Ceramics (Aldrich Press, 2013), Intelligence’s Vast Bonfires (Lazarus Media, 2012), Supernal Factors (The Camel Saloon Books on Blog, 2012), Fluid & Crystallized (Fowlpox Press, 2012), and A Bank Robber’s Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfriend (Unbound CONTENT, 2011).