Monday, August 1, 2016

Just a thought (#Poetry Monday*)

It seems there’s always something to
angrily protest
angrily get belligerent over
angrily burn in anger at
angrily chant about.

“Hell no, we won’t go!”

“We are the 99%!”

“No justice, no peace!”

“Take it down! Take it down!”

It gets to a point where
it seems nothing but
a lot of empty noise,
a lot of pointless chaos in the streets
a lot of ratings bait on the TV news
a lot of dismal profanity.

Yet those shouting claim to be
starting a dialogue
starting a conversation
trying to raising consciousness about
trying to bringing awareness to.

if we lay down the bullhorns,
if we lower our voices,
if we take a breath
if we become calm,
and then turn to the person beside us
and then talk about what’s on our mind
and then listen to what’s on their mind,
and then repeat this process
tolerantly, over and over,
over a cup of warm coffee
or a cool glass of sweet tea,
it would be a better beginning
to the fair change
we all seem to want.

* Its PoMo! To learn about PoMo (POetry MOnday), click here. Yelling, lighting things on fire, chanting, cursing at people -- why do we think these are effective ways to make our points? Why is it always so hard for us to sit down, have a cup of coffee, and engage in real conversation? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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