President’s Day

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Pub Talk:  “Poetry and Political Provocations”
(posted by Bjorn)

Don’t be provocative just to shock, it has to be based on what you truly believe. There has to be a purpose beyond to be bad.
Your provocation has to be subtle enough to shock but never alienate your audience.
Provocation without a sense of humor often fails.

Today I would like you to focus on provocations on the subject of politics.

What do you think about this? Do you admire any poetic provocateur? Why?
Are there any topics that provokes you?

What type of provocation do you use (or would like to use) the most?

Or do you think that a poet should avoid provocations… if so how could that be done?

I wonder how many past
presidents would be celebrated
in this day and age. (rhetorical question)

Sexual exploits have unraveled
the threads of many contenders
for office, those in the public
eye, and the bastards that have
been in positions of power,
and abusing it for years. Lies
bother me. I prefer truth,
even if uncomfortable.

Keep your religious beliefs
and practices to yourself Do
not fuse them into politics.

Money should have no influence
in ability to run for office–
and yet, it is only the wealthy
who can amass the funds needed,
thus making it nearly impossible
for an average or poor person
to ever rise to higher positions.
Unfortunately, they are the ones
being over-taxed and over-worked.
Don’t even get me started on healthcare,
and college tuition.

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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3 Responses to President’s Day

  1. Just Barry says:

    Forgive me, but I thought this was supposed to be provocative? Don’t get me wrong; it is extremely well-written, and I completely subscribe to the writer’s point-of-view…

    …but that’s just it, isn’t it? This isn’t provocative; this is a fact-based view of our sad state. I’m glad you wrote it, but I’m not exactly triggered. 😜


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