Fire hoses knocking humanity down to their knees
Dogs savagely biting every person just finding their voice
Men shot down in cold blood for being right and righteous
I heard about a dream and took it as my own
Believing that all men were created equal
Children segregated and then integrated with no regard for love
Communities redlined and defined by the color of the skins residing there
Injustice rampant and malicious toward every soul who wanted
TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Words meant to put down and disembowel
Systems designed to exclude and control
Regain some of that persistent resistance without violence
All people are one and there must be JUSTICE without death and injury
RIGHT ON! SOLID! GIVE PEACE A CHANCE! LOVE!
© Carol Campbell 2015
Bjorn and Amy Jo have offered this prompt:
Now for the prompt we’re going to break this idea down and write about the times we have lived in—describing/living the life of the decades you have gone through. You can be as specific as a dusty dodge Monaco your father drove in his plaid shirt and bell-bottoms, your mother’s perm or yours, how it felt when a certain movie came out and shaped you, or you can shoot for a bigger picture—politics, war, technology, literature, and/or what is happening to the common person in our country right now — on and on the sky is the limit. But remember to pour your own emotion(s) into it.
- Write down key words you want to use for the theme.
- Now set your timer for nine minutes. Free-write whatever comes to mind–pen to paper, do not stop do not edit. Let yourself get lost in memory or history or today—what it’s like (or was like in the past) for you, YOU, living in this world.
- Then, when your time is up, write that free verse poem.
When you do your free-write it can be helpful to work backwards and create the lines of your poems around those key words to flesh it out.If you feel like you want to clean it up, maybe adding some creative enjambment or punctuations. Maybe you find an internal rhyme you want to emphasize or maybe you feel you need to cut it down like you do black-out poetry. Maybe a list-poem works for you. But try not to destroy that raw feeling from your initial free-write. (Björn, this is not the right time to write a sonnet.)
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