Strawberry Moon ~ Part One: Black Lives Matter

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Speak
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

Comments

  1. Brilliantly eloquent, Sana, and justifiably impassioned, a powerful voice raised for truth and justice.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  2. Old Egg says:

    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.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Robin πŸ™‚ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  3. 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’.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  4. Rommy says:

    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. Sanaa says:

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

  5. Hazel says:

    Poetic machinery sounds soothing for everything that matters in the midst of outrage. Take care.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Hazel πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  6. Helen says:

    Yep, no matter how hard I tried to resist … I got caught up in your (wonderful) poetic machinery.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Helen πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  7. gillena Cox says:

    Poignant questions raised Sanaa.

    much❧✿❧love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ™‚ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

      Much love …

  8. We must “speak” (and do), indeed… if the status quo is ever to evolve into something everyone can survive (equally).

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  9. A “dark slice of weariness” indeed. Beautifully written as always, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jenna πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  10. 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. Sanaa says:

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

  11. Love this! Beautiful in your face writing. I so admire the strength of your voice in this!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Susie πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  12. Jim says:

    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.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim πŸ™‚ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  13. Ron. says:

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

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ron πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  14. 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 .

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Glenn πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  15. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good observation at the end: “there is no medicine against death”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Frank πŸ™‚ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  16. Alexandra says:

    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. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Alexandra πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  17. kate says:

    a very moving tribute … the last line says so much!
    When will it stop …

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kate πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  18. Jim Feeney says:

    “dunes of towering monologues”……brilliant writing Sanaa!
    Jim

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  19. Grace says:

    Speak up… I admire the words. And I pray that meaning actions can result after all indignation and outrage.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  20. msjadeli says:

    One of your best yet, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❀️❀️❀️❀️

  21. This is a great line!

    And now the moon with dark slice of weariness propels,
    dunes of towering monologues

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  22. Kerfe says:

    We repeat ourselves, always forgetful of what the results will be.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Yes, unfortunately. Thanks for stopping by, Kerfe πŸ’„β€οΈ

  23. Raivenne says:

    “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.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Raivenne πŸ™‚ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  24. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    I find it so strange that obedience has been something that is worth killing for…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ™‚ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

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