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Why I Don't Like Poetry

Ariel 1967 (California)

“I hated poetry. … I want to read a poem by someone who looks like me.”
Miguel Loredo, Native American poet

I want to read a poem by someone who looks like me;
I want to look at their picture and see my skin shaded with life.
I want the poet to be standing - talking to other people;
Them listening to this poet’s words that will be my words,
hearing stories of the poet’s life that will be my life.
I want to know that even if I do not find the words,
someone did. My family’s life, my people’s life will live on
my momma and her chili, her mother and her poi.

I want other people to know them
Learn the lessons their hard lives taught them
I want to know when our children look
at old photographs that I am there, in this poet
who gave me life, that gave you life,
I want someone in school one day to hear
what life was like for Uncle to herd sheep in Ireland,
For Father’s grandparents to run silently through streets in Salzburg.
I want to one day open a book and read how my best friend
stood up to the burly boys at the corner store.
If we don’t find the words, don’t write, the words, I want someone to write them.

About this poem

Published in Speaking Peace: Poems for Salem. Part of The Salem Peace Mosaic project in 2014.

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Written on April 14, 2014

Submitted by Ariel on September 19, 2021

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Ariel is a full-time Pacific Northwest poet, often participating at Oregon Open Mics events. She has been published in Gold Man Review, AIM, The Widow’s Handbook, and most recently in Terra Incognita, On The Platform Waiting and Free From Monsters. Ariel often collaborates in many Willamette Valley poetry/art projects and is a member of Oregon Poetry Association, Mid-Valley Poets Association, Willamette Writers and Poet. Her website is poetariel.net. more…

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