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Like everyone, my brain has been occupied by all the ridiculous political antics I see populating my news feed. I cast no judgment on any one group or person—the whole system reminds me more of the movie Idiocracy than 1984.

I scroll through my newsfeed and am not sure whether to laugh or cry. Instead of either, I wrote poetry.

In a Court of Clowns

In a court of clowns
a jury seeks my judgment
without knowing me.

They all think they know
because of my hair, my skin—
because they were told

what they can expect
—do/don’t trust, do/don’t like us—
these people like me.

Then you wonder why
I/Us tend not to trust you—
one of us must start.

But forgive me, please
if I don’t make the first move—
history repeats.

Still, it’s up to us…
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By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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