1.28.2017

Swallowing

Swallowing
in the din of inhumanity
about women and doctors and workers
who deserve to be gunned down
families who are turned away
to certain death in plastic boats
because they threaten our way of life
there's so much to protect here
cheap electronics
plastic shit and freedom fries
the right to be gunned down by cops
or lunatics
each one is somebody's hero
I'm speechless
powerless
retreating for solace in a book of verse
remembering how naively I thought
our children would enjoy more freedoms
I don't know what else to write

I wrote this poem last year and it was published in Silkworm 9: Revolution (the annual review of Florence Poets Society). The photo of refugees in a plastic boat was included in an op-ed by CT Senator Chris Murphy found HERE. He says, "Trump’s Muslim ban is a moral abomination. It is fundamentally un-American. And it is dangerous--it will give life back to the terrorist movement and eventually get Americans killed."