Cassandra’s Outburst at the 2016 Democratic Party Convention


“Diademic intransigence” she shrieked, “you fucking know-it-all blue bloods!”

No one answered her, no one heard her.

She’d been long dead.

But even in life, things hadn’t been that different. They’d heard but had never listened, no matter how many times she’d been right. Perhaps it had been her temper, or her vulgarity, or the fact that she’d been a blue-blood too, and in fact, very much a know-it-all.


She was a seeress after all.

© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2017; all rights reserved. Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.

Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen). Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies). He can be contacted at or and much of his writing is available through his blog at

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