A March Through Time

By John P Drudge

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It clicks and clacks

Through time

Like jack boots

On government marble

New forms of idolatry

And poisoned messages

From a darker time

Anger

Mistrust

And hatred

Twisting into whipping posts

Of virulent fear

Breaking the seams

That split us into

Fragments of ourselves

Falling steadily

Out of grace

And growing suspicious

Of our sins

In the sinking sky


 

John P Drudge is a social worker working in the field of disability management and holds degrees in social work, rehabilitation services, and psychology. He is the author of four books of poetry: March (2019), The Seasons of Us (2019), New Days (2020), and Fragments (2021). His work has appeared widely in numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies internationally. John is also a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee and lives in Caledon Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children.