On second thoughts, I don’t need your forgiveness – poem for dVerse

It sickens me, to see those silly men,
and women, too – let’s not forget
that women can be silly, too – waving
their silly flags, so happy
that the world got smaller,
and I realise that I’m out of step,
so out of step – that’s my flag,
and I’m wincing at it – me
with all my blithe assumptions
that the world would soften,
all those barriers would blur-
race, class, religion, gender,
it would all fade away,
and yet, these people love their walls,
they cling to them as if
that’s how they find themselves,
so when I see you wave your silly flag,
forgive me if I don’t wave back.

Amaya is hosting at dVerse tonight. She’s asking us to write “death sentences” – poems with 3 rules – they must be a story in a single sentence, based on an event witnessed or heard about that symbolises the end of the world, and they must be improvised.

I’m quite experienced in writing long, breathless sentences, but it’s hard to leave them alone. This poem is about the last session of the British in the European Parliament, and the pathetic antics of the Brexit Party, but I guess there’s a lot of flag waving about all over the place at the moment, so if it works for you…

12 thoughts on “On second thoughts, I don’t need your forgiveness – poem for dVerse

  1. Wonderful poem, bang on for the prompt. It holds together very well, and the run-on parameter is hardly noticed. It feels much like the political diatribe I wrote; probably why I dig it so much.

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  2. I couldn’t watch it, Sarah, especially wide-mouth frog Trump affiliate Farage, who makes my stomach turn, and idiotic Ann Widdecombe. Nationalistic flag waving is sick-making – they hijacked the Union Jack, the flag that swung England in the 1960s. How dare they!

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  3. This really struck me…”these people love their walls, they cling to them as if that’s how they find themselves” …..a thoughtful description. How sad it is that being divided makes some of us feel whole.

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