Journalism In Verse

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Inured

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Now again our bodies
As if liberty were something
They could take and still

Call themselves

Libertarians seem to think
Words can shape-change
It’s only free when we agree

But no one wants to hear me.
I don’t even
The same hadn’t we already gotten

Anywhere is a concept

That changes like that moment
Between the dream
And your forgetting it

A year of undoing and backsliding
Crass and creep bully and bait
Take away, give away, undo

Our bodies, ourselves

While apparently no one cares
About the meddling, the inside deals
All those meetings they lied about

The address we won’t listen to
The words whose meaning
Was lost before they were uttered

Is it worth a complete nervous

Break down the fatigue
Of when enough was long ago
Enough to give us brain fatigue

Syndrome more deadly than the flu.

 


READ MORE

Senate halts House-passed bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks [Los Angeles Times]
Missouri House committee hears testimony on 20-week abortion ban [Missourian]
Who has an abortion after 20 weeks? [Slate]


Yvonne Daley is a career journalist who returned to poetry for sanity in these difficult times. She lives in Vermont, still a sane place.

Image by Franck Réthore.

 

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