Whisper in a Wind Tunnel
(an experiment in rhymed free verse or, "anti-verse")

A Russian statesman gave a speech
about his country’s borders,
both calm and steely,
not in any way an attempt to lecture or preach.
Unlike the Western response: a howling, caterwauling screech
directed at Vladimir Putin whom the United States absolutely detests
for not betraying his country to
Shock Doctrine billionaires, those who
insist their “requests”
are really

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2022