Early morning flea market trip

No second hand art, poetry or

Musical instruments

No nothing

Except an AK-47 for sale

And T-shirts stating

“Deplorable And Proud Of It”

(Spelled correctly, at least)



Scented candles

Outdoor “café” serving

Strong coffee and fried eggs

Important for me, the breakfast person

At the dollar store bought another

Stone mortar and pestle

And scissors shaped like a Crane

Love katja (scissors) and churi (knives)

Not because books and movies

Stereotypically insist that the Romani (Gypsies)

Indulge in knife fights

They are weapons but also used peacefully:

Cutting herbs and weeds for medicines

Cutting fabric for clothes

Paper dolls for toys

What peace-related function has an AK-47?

Did I mention the AK-47 for sale on a table?


Yeah, sure, if I was in Tampa or Miami

Would probably find stuff related to

Music, art, literature

But once upon a time

When I wandered into the rural fleas

There was the “good” side of red-neck shopping:

Bought many a cast iron kettle and pot

Books on dehydrating and edible flowers

Farming implements, non-poisonous planting seeds

And homemade honey from local bees


I guess we all have a different opinion about

How to make America great “again”


© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: The spoils of peace


  1. I like that you put “again” in quotes. America was never great, but thinking and saying it makes for a wonderful delusion so the elites can increasingly fleece the believers and throw the whole world into a near frenzy of global warfare. Good poem.

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    1. Hi Sha’Tara. Just want to say that I love your blog, poetry, stories, etc. I also enjoy your comments about my work. I guess, though, that I have to clarify the word “again” since I was being a bit sarcastic. I meant that America still is great but that word needs to be defined. We are still involved in war. We still have an unbelievable amount of neo-natal deaths, we have an incredible amount of homelessness, we have horrible bigotry and our pharmacies are charging $300 for 9 migraine pills (a bit of the political that has become personal). My father emigrated to the US at age 10 from Moldova and instilled a great love in his children for his adopted land. I believe that every country in the world has similar problems, but are “great” in their own way, too. To me, making America “great” would mean that AK-47s are not available on a spindly bridge table for anyone to purchase. To me, making America “great” would be to help the working poor be able to afford medicine and health care. To me, making America “great” would be the separation of church and state. To me, making America “great” would be backing off from the xenophobia that has snowballed. Just wanted to clarify that and tell you that I accept your personal definition of “great” or anyone else’s, even though we all have our differences. ❤

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  2. Oooo! I so wasn’t expecting that ending! shocking yet refreshing piece. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone tell it like this – cool.

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