#NationalPoetryMonth – Day 19

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LAMENT

I miss

having a President
who knew better than
to congratulate a soldier
on being awarded
the Purple Heart
when a simple sincere
thank you
is deserved

intelligence and the celebration
of all things thoughtful

knowing bears in hibernation
were safe
in their
deep sleep

the Oval Office
being occupied
by a man
who knew the worth
of a woman
and celebrated and upheld
our bodies our rights
every day of his tenure

racists keeping their hate
on the down low
life is tough enough
without that noise
in my face
every damn day

full sentences and paragraphs
of wondrous words
and speeches of beauty and rhythm
and grace

44
and what 45
could have been


April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, I’m going to post a poem everyday. This exercise in my love of words began last year, inspired by the wondrous Jason Reynolds and my writing promptress Jena Schwartz. It was fun and full of magic and makes me so excited to see what pieces 2017 produces. They won’t be perfect, they never are, but they’ll be here, every day of April. I hope you stop by and enjoy the words and maybe even feel moved to share some of your own.

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