Strawberry Moon ~ Part One: Black Lives Matter

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before the dust settles upon their graves,
golden stupor, come sweep away;
we are guilty of being inconsistent in indignation and outrageβ€”
in what words do they justify killing?
Is this what they call enforcing discipline?
I have seen it happen over and over again,
what kind of plausible justification are they seeking?
Don’t read this,
it’s possible you might get caught up in poetic machinery;
there is an insurmountable amount of gall involved that begs
for illustration.
And now the moon with dark slice of weariness propels,
dunes of towering monologues
in favour
of hopes and dreams extendβ€” there is no medicine against death.



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A Skylover Wordlist: Machinery, golden, speak, illustrated, dust, medicine πŸ’

Posted for Weekly Scribblings @ Poets and Storytellers United

& Posted on Open Link Night @ dVerse Poets Pub

48 Replies to “Strawberry Moon ~ Part One: Black Lives Matter”

  1. There is something quite repugnant for a country to accept a police force that is cruel and unjust. But what is worse is a country that part of population cannot accept the colour of many of their citizens skin.

  2. Well said, Sanaa: β€˜Is this what they call enforcing discipline?’ I like the shift to the direct address:
    β€˜Don’t read this,
    it’s possible you might get caught up in poetic machinery’
    and love the final poetic lines with the moon and the β€˜dunes of towering monologues’.

  3. There is such an obvious inconsistency in the policing is done in my country. I think some are seeing beginning to open their eyes to it (about damn time) but I don’t know what is going to happen with Coppertone Caligula doing his best to fan the flames.

    1. These are difficult not to mention terrifying times, Rommy. We can only hope and pray that things become better πŸ’„β€οΈ

  4. Such painful truth. We MUST weed out thug policemen who abuse their authority at the expense of others. Likewise we must identify and punish those who use unrest as an opportunity to loot and destroy the property of their own communities. The vast majority of American citizens are better than this small and ugly lot.

    1. Absolutely! Thank you so much, Beverly πŸ™‚ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  5. Sanaa, the first time I read this I didn’t know how to take it. I’m back again. In between I was thinking of our daughter and her job as a part of internal auditing in an oil company giant. I believe our police departments and prison facilities would do much better if they had fairly well standardized internal auditing.
    Do you watch Inspector Barnaby on the BBC? This weeks episodes were about a prison psychology experiment getting out of hand and the effects of that experiment afterward out of prison.

  6. I’m certainly in agreement with other positive comments, and especially so (as Kim cited) with the “enforcing discipline line”. Nice work, Sanaa.

  7. Kudos for writing to two prompts. Powerful sentiments and views. As poets, we are obligated to speak out when injustice overwhelms us. I believe there is a medicine that push\es back on death; its ingredients are truth, compassion, equity, empathy and equality .

  8. Lovely use of language, the repetition/internal rhyme of the short i and the multi-syllabic words both stretching and focusing attention. Very effective.

    1. Absolutely! πŸ™‚ Let us join our hands in prayer for change to come. Thanks for stopping by, Grace πŸ’„β€οΈ

  9. “Speak”…”there is no medicine against death.”

    Your open and closing lines are poetry on it own and the words in between sear. I feel this so much.

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