Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: Bold Tributes (posted by Amaya)
Welcome to Tuesday Poetics with your host, Amaya. In the prophetic spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., tonight we are going to be bold in our truth-telling by illuminating powerful quotes that inspire social justice, global peace, or human rights. Use one of the following quotes, or feel free to find another, and break it up and embed it into your poem of the same or similar theme.
“Assent, and you are sane;
Demur, — you’re straightway dangerous,
And handled with a chain.”
⁃ Emily Dickinson (from, ‘Much Madness Is Divinest Sense’)
Not always wise to give assent
to causes that seem popular, and
not if you feel a sense of pressure on you
to go with the flow. You are
judging issues with your own sane–
ness. Analyze your beliefs. Demur
if opposed. Inside, know you are
a free-thinking person, not to be judged straightway,
as someone who is dangerous.
This is how bias begins, and
if freedom of speech is not handled
correctly, then anyone with
a different view will be considered a
pariah, and be bound by an invisible chain.
Use your brain; use your voice.