Under a Banner of Black

Written for:  Poetics Aside #478
“For today’s prompt, write a weapon poem. Write a poem with a sword, gun, or some other weapon. Or describe a weapon. Also, remember that all weapons aren’t obvious. Words can be weapons, ideas, thoughts, and more. Have fun weaponizing your poems today!” 

Under the thumb of I.C.E,
immigrants have little
recourse. The horror
of being deported–that
banner waving over
their heads–keeps them
in a permanent state
of anxiety
and unknown fate.
At the mercy of bosses,
they work long hours
for little pay. Staying
in their new country
is everything to them.
so they swallow
pride, and hope they have
enough money
at the end of the week
to feed their families.


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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