Well, I wasn't!

I Was Not Consulted

Someone has decided
that the word "vagina"
should be used 106 times a minute
in our public discourse.

Someone has deemed
that Charles Bukowski
is worthy of respectful attention.

Someone has declared that summer
is everyone's favorite season.

Someone has seen fit
to take a dear friend from me
less than three years into our friendship.

Someone has started saying signage
and it is what it is
and obsessing over.

Someone has decided that Vespers
is now called Evening Prayer.

Someone has permitted Twitter.

Someone has enabled gun violence,
school violence, synagogue violence,

race violence, domestic violence,

gender violence, sex violence,

violence as policy, violence as comedy.

Violence as a sacred liturgy.

Someone has given us detention centers.


Someone is electable.

Someone has allowed incurable sadness,
melting permafrost, cancer, material progress.
Someone has issued a press release.

Someone has shared a meme.

Someone has not cast down

the boastful from their thrones.

Someone has not exalted the humble.

Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-06-24 at 10:50

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Editorial Team The PoetBay support member heart!
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josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Thomas, I am agog at your innovation, skill and perception. Damn, This is good stuff you write! Bravo Zulu!

Wonderful poem. Once again, your ingenious writing impresses me greatly.

i, personally, am perfectly fine with the first two.

Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
Ooh yes, darkly humorous, Friend Tommo, but with moments of aching sadness too. Who are these people, making these decisions? :>/

At Coo & Co, we should be disappointed to see the redundancy of 'Vespers', as the word brings to mind persons whispering while wearing vests (thermals). That is pleasing to us, you see :>)

I like the humor in it. Just one quibble: don't you like Charles Bukowski?

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
The touches of humor make the overall that much darker.

Nabeela Altaf
Wow! My favourite lines were: Someone has allowed incurable sadness, melting permafrost, cancer, material progress. Well written!

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Sadly it is has it is
Has it is over there
Is has is over here too
Tis so tis all over this world
This world that we now exists upon
Ken D