Here Be Monsters

Here, there, everywhere. We can pretend not to see, not to know, but our refusal to see erases nothing. That’s not how violence works. That’s not how war works. That’s not how genocidal rape works.

Everywhere, Every Time

I was waiting, my stress increased, who are we now?
Inevitable to say the least, who are we now?

Unspoken but known, breath held metaphorically,
It’s always been, never surceased. Who are we now?

When the Chibok girls were taken, we always knew --
lambs sacrified for an evil feast. Who are we now?

We always know because the truth always comes out.
Looking away, nothing's eased. Who are we now?

The stories stayed hidden week after week, untold.
Silence, and still the facts we pieced. Who are we now?

It’s always women, girls, boys. The cruelty’s the point.
Pretend not know, but the wheel’s been greased. Who are we now?

I, Stacie, grind my teeth, unsure how much I can hold.
It’s far from over, we’ve unleashed the beast. Who are we now?

National Poetry Month 2022: the Ghazal

As I’ve done for more than ten years (what?!), I’ve chosen a poetic form, and I’m going to try to write a poem in that form every day for the month of April … and I’m saying that boldly, knowing that I’ve already failed. I couldn’t find my way through to a poem on Day One, but I’m determined to continue.

The “Ghazal” is the form I’ve chosen for this year. Here is the structure and a little backstory (thank you Poetry Foundation):

“Originally an Arabic verse form dealing with loss and romantic love, medieval Persian poets embraced the ghazal, eventually making it their own. Consisting of syntactically and grammatically complete couplets, the form also has an intricate rhyme scheme. Each couplet ends on the same word or phrase (the radif), and is preceded by the couplet’s rhyming word (the qafia, which appears twice in the first couplet). The last couplet includes a proper name, often of the poet’s. In the Persian tradition, each couplet was of the same meter and length, and the subject matter included both erotic longing and religious belief or mysticism.”

Should be interesting!

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