America, what have you wrought?
Last night, I dreamed
that hordes of men were roaming
the streets of my neighborhood carrying rifles,
donning red like badges of honor.
Outside the store today,
I saw them again
those same men,
from their faces
We showed you!
Fully out of the shadows
now, they stand
no longer relegated to the ashes
We are out
of the shadows, too.
in the light, blazing with our blue
Leila Emery earned her B.A. in comparative literature from Smith College and her M.A. in poetry from Johns Hopkins. Her work has appeared in Lines + Stars, 95Notes, Abbey, and poetryfish.