#100Days100Poems Day 14

In an alternate universe, where he told the truth, Donald Trump would channel former president George W. Bush, saying, “I’m a divider, not a uniter. I mean, I’m really terrific at dividing. Just terrific.” Lucky for us we all have what’s necessary to fight that division.

 

 

Build That Wall

A cursive signature
of aggression, barbed
wire ink pierces

the refugee dream
of safe haven,
the breathing space

of sanctuary, of hope
secured for families
and all our children.

America made better.
Murky snake oil
for these end times

of walled hatred,
deportations of love,
security, of common sense.

My only pledge is to no flag; it
rests in the warm hand
of humanity.

 

 

 

© Kersten Christianson – 2017

Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing, high school English-teaching Alaskan. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry through the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2016. Kersten’s recent work has appeared in Cirque, Tidal Echoes, Inklette, Sheila-Na-Gig and Pure Slush.  Her book Something Yet to Be Named by Aldrich Press along with a chapbook titled What Caught Raven’s Eye by Petroglyph Press will be published in 2017.  Kersten co-edits the quarterly journal Alaska Women Speak.  When not exploring the summer lands and dark winter of the Yukon Territory, she lives in Sitka, Alaska with her husband and photographer Bruce Christianson, and daughter Rie.  She blogs at www.kerstenchristianson.com and tweets with @kerstenak.

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For the first 100 days of the Trumpet administration, this blog will feature a new poem of protest, by my own hand and by others. They will be polished gems, or rough cut drafts of rage, or in process pieces searching for peace. They may be haiku or tanka, limericks or lyrics, verses free or fettered. If you would like to submit to this endeavor, please send an email, with poem saved as a word document (.docx) to waxyandpoetic AT gmail DOT com. All rights remain with the author. VISUAL ARTISTS ! Do you have something visually poetic that you’d like to submit? GO FOR IT!
Please address any formatting preferences in your email. I will post submissions time permitting, with at least one per day. Editing will be limited to obvious errors of spelling and the like.

Read, follow, share, re-tweet, submit, live, love, spread light! Don’t forget to use #100Days100Poems !

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