There’s a movement
to slay the Martians.

City folks gather
on the capitol steps

wielding pitchforks.
These Martians

aren’t human beings,
a woman claims.

Her child grabs
at the microphone

as she hiccups.
The pro-Martian group pickets

on the opposing corner.
They clutch homemade signs

stapled to paint sticks.
Among them, are Martians

disguised as humans
in Ronald Regan masks.




Laura Madeline Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including BRANDING GIRLS (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Spoon River Poetry Review, 13th Moon, Feminist Studies, Prairie Schooner, Margie, Arts & Letters, Blackbird, American Short Fiction, Poet Lore, The Fence, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere.


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