Five-Minute Riot

they streamed out,

in quick succession—

holding handkerchiefs

to their noses, some

emerged with their eyes

watering, others were


siren blaring the coda

to what unfolded

inside, burning eyes,


the five-minute riot


sense of accomplishment,

to the bingeing

on bad behaviour,


a gross miscalculation,

the plan nixed, to allow

today’s debacle,



A 55-word erasure poem for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads. Worded after massive erasing of text but in serial order of course, from here.

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6 thoughts on “Five-Minute Riot

  1. Very effective erasure poem–and you captured it all in 55 words! Glad that you kept “bingeing on bad behavior”. My favorite phrase from the text and one that could easily be applied to politicians in my country as well.


  2. Jim says:

    🙂 Hi Ha, it’s been a while ~~ I read the article, there clearly was bad behavior. If this kills the creation of the new state, well, in the states we have a saying, “there is more than one way to skin a cat.”


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