Pared (Syllabic Meter)

bullish rhetoric
excavating foundations
to build upon sand

each brick in the wall
demolishing decency
building barricades

civility pared
layer by layer exposed
like Emperor’s clothes

tequila sunrise
until sangria sundown —
wall casting shadows

extracting pesos
from those who know penury —
taxing burritos

by Phil Istine


‘Pared’ was first published on WritingForums in the September Pip Challenge and judged the ‘Best’ poem.

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