“Seeds” by Janel Spencer-Levy

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Seeds
One thing I can tell you is you got to be free.  – “Come Together,” The Beatles – Based on signs from the Women’s March, Jan 21, 2017, San Diego

When they tried to bury us, they didn’t realize we were seeds.
This
is
what
democracy
this
looks
like
democracy
this:
They didn’t realize we were seeds, when they tried to bury us.

*

In numbers too big to ignore,
hear
me
roar:
I,
hear
me,
am
woman,
here:
In numbers too big to ignore.

*

Si, se puede!
We
stand
for
equality.
We
the
people,
power,
we.
Yes, we can!

*

People still ask
what
was
the
victim
what
was
she
wearing
what…
people still ask.

*

Black lives
matter
seed
ash
magic
matter
bees
sand
polin
matter
Black lives

*

Revolution is love not
Trump’s
hate.
Love
is;
trumps
hate.
Our
love.
Trump’s
revolution is not love.

Janel Spencer-Levy
2/18/2017

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Four poems for February — Barbara Turney Wieland

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2017

starts as a shit storm
warning
muted
orange
warning
voted
fear-monger
rage
warning
as a shit storm starts

Our Fathers,

even children can see
past
new
emperor’s
clothes
past
repeated
sins
pointed
past
even children can see

How the mighty fall

watch the dismemberment of democracy
stand
by
curious
apathy
stand
up
citizens
don’t
watch the dismemberment of democracy

Lie down

a lie repeated becomes
truth
through
elastic
lips
truth
like
concrete
corrupted
truth
becomes a lie repeated

Barbara Turney Wieland
2/9/2017

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“Hijab Solidarity Day, Allentown, Pa., January 20, 2017” by Susan Weaver

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Hijab Solidarity Day, Allentown, Pa., January 20, 2017

1.
Old and young, four abreast, with a banner
STAND 
TOGETHER.
Orange
letters
stand
against
hate.
We
stand
four abreast with a banner, young and old.

2.
We are marching in the rain side by side, many
heads —
Muslim,
non-Muslim —
covered.
Heads
scarfed.
Hooded,
yarmulked
heads.
We are many, walking side by side in the rain.

3.
At the rally, all eyes, a Muslim woman on her
American
flag
scarf:
I’m
American —
hijab
doesn’t
negate
American.
A Muslim woman, all eyes on her at the rally.

Susan Weaver
2/5/2017

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