Sunday, January 15, 2017

Poems of Resistance, Power & Resilience – Rodolfo Escojido

Close up image of a microphone on a stage. The audience that is facing the microphone is blurred, appearing as a myriad of colors (red, white, green, yellow, etc.)
As the incoming administration builds its agenda of attack on marginalized people, on freedom of speech, on the earth itself, poetry will continue to be an essential voice of resistance. Poets will speak out in solidarity, united against hatred, systemic oppression, and violence and for justice, beauty, and community.

In this spirit, Split This Rock is offering its blog as a Virtual Open Mic. For the rest of this frightening month, January of 2017, we invite you to send us poems of resistance, power, and resilience.

We will post every poem we receive unless it is offensive (containing language that is derogatory toward marginalized groups, that belittles, uses hurtful stereotypes, etc.). After the Virtual Open Mic closes, we hope to print out and mail all of the poems to the White House.

For guidelines on how to submit poems for this call, visit the Call for Poems of Resistance, Power & Resilience blog post


Total: $0.02 (Two Cents)
by Rodolfo Escojido

I like resisting rights oppressed. My arms a tool I use to fight. A useful tool. I used to fool
myself into confused and cruel stencils arisen from the news I've viewed. Change is 
needed.Total due from us is our two cents. We have paid with more than Benjamins. Frankly 
we are owed much change.

P.S. Gun Control Doesn't Work So Lets Work To Control Ourselves. Nothing Deters An
Armed Criminal Like A Multitude Of Armed Civilians Opposing His Or Her Evil Ways. If The 
Preached Reform Is Real A Record Should Mean Nothing. Life Can't Be Controlled. To Each
Their Own. Control And Change Included.

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