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Sonnet: Assassination of Democracy by Jack M. Freedman

Assassination of democracy
Our values plummeted in pits of Hell
Screw this unbridled animosity
Participation in fascism dwells
Unleashing fury on our paradigm
Eradicating our security
Dreading white power like a hackneyed rhyme
Red roses, blue violets, and perjury
We never thought tear gas would be welcome
And wishing hate mongers would bite the dust
Decorum wanted, diplomacy shunned
I know I’m not the only one who cussed
Trump ends four years of hubris with violence
Screw using our rights to remain silent

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Feijoa Dreams by Ana Martinez

Things that didn’t stop the car bomb from going off near my grandmother’s house: A gentle childhood nestled with tucked-in nightly prayers and teddy bear kisses, framed by high ceiling

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When Did I Know? by Maple Scoresby

As long as I can remember, every star that shot across the sky, every birthday candle I blew out, came with the silent wish that I would wake the next

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The Crows Remember by Alex Grehy

My grandfather once shot a crow for the simple crime of stealing peas – he hung the body from the canes as a warning to the others. Already dressed in

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