911

Across the world the people cheered, they drank, they danced, they whooped, they jeered.

And the big smug man with the ridiculous hair and orange face could not believe his luck.

And the chain-smoking would be cartoon villain rubbed his hands with glee.

And the televisions bleeped and burped and beamed.

And the radios squeaked and crackled and hissed.

And websites crashed.

And sirens sounded.

And the people shook their heads and wagged their fingers and fought back tears.

And the people stared in disbelief.

And the people smiled in shock and awe.

And the people said this is a victory for the working man!

And the people said this is a victory for all out fascism!

And the people said this is what democracy looks like!

And the people said this is the end of democracy as we know it!

And the people said stop moaning you liberal fucking queer faggot pussy ass nigger.

And the people said fuck you you fucking backward xenophobic bigot hick.

And the people took to Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and Vine.

And the people said this speaks for every single one of us!

And the people said not in my name!

And the people Googled moving to Canada.

And the people Googled how do elections work?

And the people waved their flags.

And the people shouted at strangers in the street.

And the people cried into their cornflakes.

And the people started their day with champagne.

And the people said it’s to do with immigration.

And the people said it’s to do with religion.

And the people said it’s to do with opinion.

And the people said it’s to do with divide.

And the people said it’s to do with misogyny.

And the people said it’s to do with race.

And the people said it’s to do with faith.

And the people said it’s to do with jobs.

And the people said it’s to do with power.

And the people said it's to do with inequality.

And the people said it's to do with climate change.

And the people said there is no such thing as climate change.

And the people said it’s to do with wealth.

And the people said it’s to do with globalisation.

And the people said it’s to do with neoliberalism.

And the people said it’s to do with all the ations and isms.

And the people said we did it!

And the people said what have we done?!

And the people said I was right.

And the people said you were wrong.

And the people said this is the end of the world.

And the people said this is the start of a new one.

And the people hugged and kissed their loved ones.

And the people disowned their family and friends.

And the people have the power to redeem the work of fools.

And the people should never have the power.

And the people said I give up.

And the people said I am going to try harder.

And the people said get over it.

And the people said I will never get over this.

And the people made empty promises they knew they would never keep.

And the people made bold claims they knew they could never back up.

And the people shared depressing facts and statistics.

And the people shared inspirational life quotes and memes.

And the people expressed their emotions with violence.

And the people expressed their emotions in emojis.

And the people posted selfies looking happy or sad.

And the people said build a wall!

And the people said send them back!

And the people said I told you so.

And the people said I saw this coming.

And the people went to work.

And the people called in sick.

And the people continued with their day to day.

And the people cancelled all their plans.

And the people struggled to spell words correctly.

And the people struggled to contain their rage.

And the people struggled to find the words.

And the people struggled to say the right thing.

And the people struggled to say anything.

And the people struggled.

And the people laughed.

And the people cried.

And the people have had their say.

And the people have got what they want.

And the people don’t know what they have done.

And the people will soon know what they have done.

And the people they tweeted and blogged and linked and posted and hashtagged and checked in and checked out and synched up and switched on.

And the minority and the majority and the rich and the poor.

And the people said we want our country back.

And the people said let’s take back control.

And the people voted.

And the people didn’t vote.

And the people won.

And the people lost.

And the whole world held its breath and waited.

*written and published on November 9th, 2016 having spent the morning following news of Donald Trump's election as President of the United States being reported via social media.