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Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She is the winner of Spillwords Press 2020 Publication of the Year; her bio is featured in the “Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2020 and 2021,” published by Sweetycat Press. She is the author of 15 poetry books, and 1 short story book. She lives in Delaware, USA. She loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and four cats. Her most recent credits are: Eclipse Lit, Carolina Muse, Sparks of Calliope; The Closed Eye Open, North Dakota Quarterly, Tangled Locks Journal, Wild Roof Journal, The American Writers Review, Burningword Literary Journal, Muddy River Poetry Review, The Silver Blade, Pomona Valley Review, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Fourth & Sycamore.


Trigger Warning

The world is broken    children killing children.
Ageless stories written in blood.

Gun, the new god /
appeasing weapons of hate.

Time is fractured        there is no tomorrow.
Blistering pieces of ash collect burying all.

Hate, the new god /
appeasing weapons of fear.

Each day another death          an end to all.
Ring around the Rosie – we all fall down.

Fear, the new god /
appeasing weapons of greed

Winner takes all          nothing remains
The blackening of truth.

Greed, the new god /
there is nothing left to appease

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