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I can’t write a political poem
Because it blinds the audience’s idea of me
They could think she’s a revolution with green hair
Invoking sound pollution to further retribution
But that would mean poems are petitions, picket signs,
   stones, lemons, and ribbons.
Uncocking the gun of a pig shooting a man for
   drawing a wallet
A fiery soul scratching from the pits of fury and anguish
   to escape Hades’ stare and reaching up to Zeus
Poetry won’t eradicate AIDS
Poetry won’t teach first aid
Poetry won’t defend brigades
Poetry is words wrapped around tongues spat out from
   lips with saliva on everyone
Words that express ideas with lyrical excess
And impress others with rhyme schemes
   and copious vocabulary
I won’t write a political poem
Political poems are incinerating letter waterfalls
   from onlookers
The words become screams and fade in the nihility
   of the room
Not a spoon down the throat of the government to vomit
   out the lies we think we already know
Or a job to the homeless not remembering
   what went wrong
Or a Gatorade supply to the spreading cholera epidemics.
The news a collage of tears, blood and lies
MySpace causes a suicide
Racism is showing pride
Iraqi children ready to die for Allah
Though I seem to remember the Koran promoting peace
But that’s just me
We need assassin poems, moving poems that slap,
   arouse and glow
With a gun and a shriek and for a little sex appeal let’s
   add stilettos and a black dress
Because we complain another person dies
I hate to write political poems
Because it won’t save a person’s life.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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SarahVS This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm
Reminds me very much of Taylor Mali's "How To Write A Political Poem."
 
d3nyM3nOt said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm
...... wow
 
musicalhippie67 said...
Nov. 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm
Wow, man. This poem truly moves me. I have similar ideas about poetry and politics; also, the indirect protest in this piece makes it stand on its own, giving it its own voice. Beautifully strong statements make it flow with a poetic verse, but with a mob's mentality that I find mind-blowing.
 
ivyj13 said...
Sept. 14, 2008 at 10:13 pm
no words but bravo
 
stargal77 said...
Aug. 19, 2008 at 9:10 pm
that's a great poem, the flow like the other two said was really good...i think you SHOULD publish your work in books and other poem magazines
 
xxxkristyxxx said...
Aug. 7, 2008 at 10:39 pm
your poem is very moving.you write about politics without it being a political poem.
 
faceless said...
Aug. 6, 2008 at 9:19 pm
flow is very important. even more so than rhyme because if something sticks out your whole poem is ruined. thankfully, you have sacrificed very little to keep your self-reflective diatribe on society flow...
 
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