Poem for Monday. The Killing Time by Melissa Fry Beasley

Poem for Monday. The Killing Time by Melissa Fry Beasley

Monday Poetry with Melissa Fry Beasley. Today: The Killing Time

Poem for Monday. The Killing Time by Melissa Fry Beasley. Image: Melissa Fry Beasley

Poem for Monday. The Killing Time by Melissa Fry Beasley. Image: Melissa Fry Beasley

The Killing Time

We have empty pockets
vacant bellies
unoccupied dreams
Now is the killing time
a murderous hour
when we must chase down
wild dogs for dinner
we sleep standing &
wake beside windows
with water running red
just beyond the safety
of white picket fences
the stakes like spears are
shoved through throats
and chests of our enemies
marking boundaries
drawing lines in the sand
that had better not be crossed
© 2013 Melissa Fry Beasley, All Rights Reserved
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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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