Saturday, January 14, 2017

Poems of Resistance, Power & Resilience – Kim M. Baker

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


Our Murmuration Never Cease
by Kim M. Baker
In Celebration and Honor of the Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017

Sometimes rage must be shout    
must be why
must be out
must be sigh
must be art
must be fierce and fearless heart

Always love must be others
must be boundless
must be mother
must be Muslim
must be queer
must be thunder in our ears
Now change must be march
must be voice
must be charge
must be choice
must be human
must be universal movement

The rage the love the change is us
one million women strong
our murmuration never cease
until the hate is wrong
until the hate is gone

©2017 (Previously posted on the Women’s March on Washington – RI Chapter Facebook page)

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