fascism

fascism always comes for love
fascists know that lovers always win every battle

the dictator’s mask and bellicose uniform
and fist pounding pleas for patriotism

are mere fanfare and arm-waving distraction
because words and allegiances pale mightily

against the pull of the heart and bone-deep
commitment that dulls all political fervor

lovers will sacrifice almost anything
in quest of rendezvous or tobetogether

their ears hearing only the voice of the other
their fingertips aching to be pressed just so

while the petty marshaling of troops and tanks
disappear in the edges of their lips-pressed gaze

fascism spawns marriage, fidelity, and monogamy
to erase the flush of lovers being lovers—because

fascism always comes for love
fascists know that lovers always win every battle

—P.L. Thomas

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