“It is a natural disadvantage of democracy that it ties the hands of those who wish it well, and opens unlimited possibilities for those who do not take it seriously.” – Vaclav Havel
(On February 5, 2020, the United States Senate acquitted Donald J. Trump on two articles of impeachment—without hearing from witnesses)
I confess to undemocratic meditations,
such as: If Bin Laden had sought
to save the world,
what would he have hijacked?
I imagine myself a vigilante who
makes his stand in the Capitol Rotunda.
I declare a hunger strike, but of course
the tyrant there would just as soon
chew my corpse as admit his guilt.
I grow weak. I dream of box-cutters,
explosions, murder. I move to escape,
but hunger holds me hostage,
cuffs me to a flagpole too corrupted
to bear its flag. I am interrogated.
Yet even under torture, I refuse to say
if revolution is a panacea for evil,
whether I am worth more dead
or how, when the end does come,
I am to account for its reverberations.
 Ewing, Philip. “’Not Guilty’: Trump Acquitted On 2 Articles Of Impeachment As Historic Trial Closes.” NPR, National Public Radio, 5 Feb. 2020, www.npr.org/2020/02/05/801429948/not-guilty-trump-acquitted-on-2-articles-of-impeachment-as-historic-trial-closes.
 Diamond, Jeremy, and Kristen Holmes. “Trump Not Expected to Apologize or Admit Any Wrongdoing after Anticipated Acquittal.” CNN, 1 Feb. 2020, www.cnn.com/2020/02/01/politics/trump-impeachment-senate-trial/index.html.