Poem by Filippo Cassinelli

The Source Arts & Literature section highlights the work of our creative readers. All visual artists and creative writers are encouraged to share with us new works.

Poetry and creative prose submissions are limited to 1,500 words and should include a brief bio of the writer. Visual art submissions should include at least one high-quality image or video and a very brief bio along with an artist’s statement that speaks to the inspiration of the work. The statement should include the title if there is one, the medium used and what the work means to you.

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THE GENERAL

Defender in chief
of the republic
goose steps
on the boulevard.

His helmet,
a plume of bright
orange rooster feathers,

Practically
touching the stars
of the dancing bear.

“Long live the republic”
he roars,

As a collection of mascots, handlers, self seekers
and graft men
look on proudly
like leopards staring
into the fat land.

A gullible crowd
cheers wildly,

As promises fall
out of the sky
in tiny wet droplets
that run dark.

Sound the golden Trumpet
the rain maker
has arrived.

Filippo Cassinelli is a businessman from the island of St. Thomas.