November 9, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Ken Gierke




The Joke Is on Us



We cringe at the thought of foreign agents

unleashing their terror upon us;

cordon off suspicious packages;

remove our shoes before boarding a plane;

subconsciously – hell, consciously –

profile certain attributes as alien, suspicious,

worthy of scorn and shunning,

terrorized by our own fear.  To what end?


A man walks into a bar.






Ken Gierke

Ken Gierke started writing poetry in his forties, but found new focus when he retired. It also gave him new perspectives, which come out in his poetry, primarily in free verse and haiku. More of his work can be found at https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com.

Editor review


  1. Jazz November 12, at 01:36

    There seems no end to the growing list of situations to fear ... we may be evolving into a society connecting only via electronics for fear of harm from personal contact. And THAT is another thing to fear.

  2. Ron. November 09, at 13:07

    Oooof. Could not be more timely. Great work, KG!

  3. Ken Gierke November 09, at 13:04

    Once again, thank you to Tuck Magazine for offering this forum. Ken G.


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