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enough

A Cleave poem for today. Three poems in one. Read the first section top to bottom, then the next top to bottom and finally, read each line in full top to bottom.


enough

years of oppression / reeking of privilege
have led to this moment / opportunistic instigators
they gathered in peace / seeking to cause unrest
to appeal for change / their racism and hate exposed
to be treated equally / inflamed by an impotent president
to feel safe in their own country / take up arms
to take their place as citizens / there can be no peace
it is not too much to ask / as long as fear
basic, human dignity, justice / incites violence
healing from trauma / a population asleep
the American dream / seduced by lies of greatness
accessible to all / meant for the few
people of good will / the different others
stand beside their sisters and brothers / must be contained
enough is enough / kept in their place
the tide is changing / to make America great again

~kat


mother to mother

mother to mother

I can’t begin to understand
the everyday of life for you
I can’t begin to understand
I want to help, what should I do?
my privilege blinds me to your plight
the everyday of life for you
the fear that you must feel each night,
each time your children go outside
my privilege blinds me to your plight
your suffering, the tears you’ve cried
enough’s enough, the time has come
each time your children go outside
that all our kids are safe, not some
I hope you know I stand with you
enough’s enough, the time has come
for me to listen to your truth
I can’t begin to understand
I hope you know I stand with you
I can’t begin to understand

~kat


For today, a Terzanelle. Sculpture: Melancolie in Bronze by Artist, Albert György located in Geneva, Switzerland, photographed by Mary Friona-Celani of Buffalo, NY.


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