The new normal

turning into the cities

girls are throwing up

on public stage

their scarred guts

shaking ground

daring the Capitol


1,2,10 – clap,clap clap, clap clap clap

echoing heartbeats, novice sounds

bellow into the veins of adults


watch out, ruling voices

the tsunami is building

into a furious wave

bigger, taller, uglier

in its beauty

than all your ugliness

and louder than your

tweets or your rants


streets are cautiously

watching as passion

takes over their crossroads

and traffic lights, are blinking

to pause and learn as

a 9-year-old walks past

into the future of change


art on walls transformed


there were bullet shells

used instead of chalk sticks

the color of drawings

red with blood

green with horror

reflecting the colors

of fear, anger, shame


holding dying friends

burying dead children

in backyards of homes

a grieving father

dropped the wet mud

from the burial ground

that he carried in his soles

as a gory ghost to haunt

the pristine front yard

of the White House


welcome to the revolution

was stitched together


with streaming tears

interlocked fingers

heads on shoulders

arms around arms

thirsty throats and

trembling voices


a whimper in the classroom

a beep on the phone

a stifled scream

coming together

now a loud gurgle

of questions

and promises


assaulting with words

the loudest sound

that went viral

breaking through

protective pretense

and layered ignorance

to become an epidemic


enough is enough




Published by Kashiana

I am a management professional by job classification and a work practitioner by personal preference. One poetry collection - Shelling Peanuts and Stringing Words and a chapbook, Crushed Anthills. Always gathering poems, and letting them marinate and change shape and form.

3 thoughts on “STOP

  1. you are touching some topical subjects with passionate sincerity and beautiful verse
    Keep flying
    Love you


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