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Sometimes the Red in Wisconsin

Sometimes the red symbol
on a white background
is a swastika on a Sheboygan garage in 2017

sometimes it is the Kimberly High School “K”
on the KHS_white_club Instagram account
posted on the first day of Black History Month in 2021

terror remains, alive today: it did not die by cyanide
in a Berlin bunker in 1945; it was not crushed by the crowd
surrounding King below Lincoln’s gaze in 1963

the stain is darker than the paint
more vivid than the graphics on the screen
not dead and gone, not distant memory

it spreads like a virus, appearing here
now there, no matter how quickly
we scrub it, delete it, or wish it away.


Katie Chiquette is an educator and writer in Appleton. Her work has recently appeared in First Review East, Bramble, Wallopzine, Portage Magazine, and Anti-Heroin Chic, and the anthology, Halfway to the North Pole: Door County Poetry.

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