Mob Rule by Karlo Sevilla
Consider this sea of movement, the multitude in waves.
Now, deceptively calm, until by a mysterious wave
of a demagogue’s hand, it shall arise tidal
to sweep and ruin everything in its path.
Then, what crimes in whose or what name
will be committed?
And history is replete with precedents
which lessons we refuse to learn
or have unlearned:
A hundred flowers bloomed,
a thousand flowers crushed.
First, they predicted a fire.
Then, they started a fire.
(Last night, I taught my children to weep in secret
because the predators,
when they see tears,
In the name of superstition, religion.
In the name of science, revolution.
In the name of one man.
It shall be another spectacular but unbeautiful release.
A pyrotechnics of collective anger.
A cause righteous or unrighteous
but without doubt waged
We’ll run away to survive,
only to perish
Originally Published by Collective Unrest 2019
Karlo Sevilla of Quezon City, Philippines is the author of the full-length poetry collection, “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018). Recognized among the Best of Kitaab 2018, shortlisted for the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2021, and thrice nominated for the Best of the Net, his poems appear in Philippines Graphic, Protean, DIAGRAM, Small Orange, Empty Room, DON'T SUBMIT!, RIC Journal, JAKE, and elsewhere.