Donald Trump’s metaphoric rise

A brief history of incidents surrounding the US presidential election and inauguration

Donald Trump: hot wind howls through a hollow log/ tawny tumbledweed trundles/ over downtrodden plains Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Donald Trump: hot wind howls through a hollow log/ tawny tumbledweed trundles/ over downtrodden plains Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

 

Rousting

hot wind howls through a hollow log
tawny tumbleweed trundles
over downtrodden plains
August 2016

Ravening

on a sunlit lawn
a plump slug streaks forward
eyes on stalks
September 2016

A new religion

branches bowed with bloated fruit
nod to the gilded idol
dark clouds fall in behind
October 2016

Aftermath

a squat lizard basks
on a sickle-hacked trail
black legs flail from his lips
November 2016

In the bay

beacon dimmed and tablet fractured
the lady endures
her robes about her feet
December 2016

Paradox lost

a fiery sunrise
heralds stormy days to come
ice shifts at the poles
January 2017

Anne Casey is a writer, lyricist and poet, originally from Clare, now living in Sydney. Her debut poetry collection will be published by Salmon next year