Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Poems of Resistance, Power & Resilience - Joshua Weiner

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


Mother Gets Goosed
by Joshua Weiner

Trumpty Dumpty sat on his Wall
Trumpty Dumpty had a great fall,
He had a great winter, had a great spring
Knowing what foreign powers would bring
To lay at his feet, to put in his coffer,
While in return he knew he'd offer
Only his name to brand their steeple
Wherein he'd absolve the American people
For lending him doubt's benefit
When he hardly needed it
To increase his massive holdings of shit
With which he'd fertilize the Constitution
In the first step of his final solution.

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