Rachelyn farrell

Research Scientist
Narrative Intelligence Lab
University of Kentucky
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Politics and Beans

Relentless evening news reports
a victory for them,
a devastating loss for all our
champions on the Hill.
She rolls her eyes and feigns annoyance,
stirs the pot of beans,
and faithfully supports her team,
and knows she always will. Unless–
Perhaps she’ll wake up in this world
and find she’s really in it,
and causes cause effects, and each
effect affects a cause,
and truth is oversimplified
and processed to a mash,
giving no one but the wisest
any pause.
But presently the beans are over-
boiling on the stove.
Immediate reaction is
required on the floor.
A devastating loss
evening up the score, and for
tonight at least, the balance is restored.