Poem for Monday. Melissa Fry Beasley: All I Know Of Hate

Poem for Monday. Melissa Fry Beasley: All I Know Of Hate

Poem for Monday. Melissa Fry Beasley: All I Know Of Hate

Hate at Tattootime in Bedminster, Bristol.

Hate at Tattootime in Bedminster, Bristol. Source: flickr. Author: Lydia

All I Know Of Hate

We live in moonlight and in water
Tall grass and the starred darkness
Plucked from the dust of some forgotten wish & made to come true
Born quiet as the bullet in a child’s back
We need not worry of the things this world worships
Man is such unnecessary chaos
Stuck somewhere between skin and bones
Inclined at times toward the bright improbable
Willingness to confront death and take life
Kept in cages we refuse to see
Shadows cast from neon lights at ndn bars
Call it anything but life so I don’t have to be afraid
We are leaves that will not fall but cling
The biggest lie we have been told is that we don’t exist
But we remember creation is the only thing louder than destruction
Pride is the way we wear our traumas
Lifelong hidings we have had to bear
When there is no word for how everything collapses
More than a dispossessed people
Tired of feeling emotionally homeless
Depression running through our families
Like even it is dying to get away
When all I know of hate is that it couldn’t beat the love from between us

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Melissa Fry Beasley is a Humanistic poet of Cherokee origin, who resides in Oklahoma . Through the written and spoken word, she examines the gap between the ideal and the reality involved in living in the world during this time. Her work is both personal and subjective, yet she does not turn aside from the political and social issues of her environment. She is a woman who seeks to express her individual perspective and needs while accepting the diversity involved in questions of gender, race and culture. Melissa believes that change is necessary and deploys her writing to reflect her personal experience in the wider social and political context. You can find her work in print and online in Indian Country Today Media Network, Native News Today, The Native American Encyclopedia, FirstPeople.Us, Working Effectively With Aboriginal People, Churn Magazine, Big River Poetry Review, Enhance Magazine, A&U Magazine, and many others. She has two chapbooks forthcoming. " When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator." Mahatma Gandhi " They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon." Bobby Sands

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