Crushed Expectations

Written for:  Poetic Asides 2019 April PAD Challenge – Day 28
“For today’s prompt, write a remix poem. That is, remix one of your poems from earlier in the month. There are many ways to do this. Turn a free verse poem into a traditional form (using lines from the original poem). Or use erasure to cut down a long poem into a short one. Or expand a short poem into a longer version. Get creative with it.”

Fleeing in terror
from violent
death threats
smothered hope
no provisions
arduous journey
different language

Why risk danger?

children can breathe freely
proud citizens

They arrive
are bullied,
separated from children

Where is the compassion they hoped to find here?

(remixed from exile poem of Day 25)

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

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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2 Responses to Crushed Expectations

  1. Kathleen Kittleman says:

    Too, too sad.


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