Back to Human

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – “School Days, School Days”  (posted by Lillian)
“So what is the prompt? I’d like you to write what I call an ALPHABET SESTET! The sestet part is easy: 1 poem of six lines. But what do I mean by an “alphabet” sestet? Easy again. Choose a 6 letter sequence in the alphabet, for example A-B-C-D-E-F or perhaps J-K-L-M-N-O. Those letters, in that sequence, are the first letters of the first words in each corresponding line — as in line 1 starts with a word that begins with J; line 2 starts with a word that begins with K; line 3 with L; line 4 with M; line 5 with N; line 6 with O. This is not an acrostic!”


United, we might stand again
victorious as a human race
where facts are not in dispute.
Xenophobia may decrease,
yellow journalism a thing of the past.
Zealots would fall.  We would take a higher route.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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28 Responses to Back to Human

  1. I hope that this is not at all wishful thinking!


  2. Grace says:

    I agree. I hope that we remember this: United, we might stand again.


  3. lillian says:

    Oh YES, PLEASE……let this happen in November! VOTE!

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  4. Singledust says:

    yellow journalism seems to work against society, thank you for mentioning this, w often forget we need rubbish and need to filter – a very strong sestet


  5. mhmp77 says:


    Zealots would fall.
    We would take a higher route.

    We are expected to counter much unhappiness on the political scene. Very much so Sara!



  6. Beverly Crawford says:

    Oh, would that we take a higher route. We seem to have sunk to great lows, for sure!


  7. Frank Hubeny says:

    Hopefully we can be “victorious as a human race”.


  8. Dorianna says:

    what a nice thought that ‘we would take a higher route’…unitedly.


  9. kanzensakura says:

    Bravo!!!! Most excellent words!


  10. Mish says:

    You took the most difficult sequence and nailed it.
    I wish I could cast a vote from Canada. With the way things are going, we deserve the privilege.


  11. If there is ever a higher route… it seems like we’ve been pulled down in mud.


  12. merrildsmith says:

    Oh, yes. I hope there is a change for the better soon!


  13. I love the way you use this sestet for societal critique and a positive outcome! These words, especially appeal, “victorious as a human race
    where facts are not in dispute.”


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