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containment

Ariel 1967 (California)



perhaps we need that tall wall.
perhaps we need to contain this wanton hate, our wrecked violence in.
like a delinquent weaned on jealousy -
toss ourselves into a cell behind barbed wire

perhaps this regressive insistence for barbaric practices needs to be quarantined -
this throwback to paint our bodies with mud and brush our teeth with urine,
to burn others as ash,
to use it to tan our hides.

perhaps we are too dangerous for the world -
we false pagan gods demanding
blood sacrifice of unwary innocents.
other countries can rationalize, govern themselves. we refuse to

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Published in Moments Before Midnight: Oregon Poets Write for Ecological, Social, Political and Economic Justice. Bob Hill Publishing.2018

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Written on January 25, 2017

Submitted by Ariel on September 19, 2021

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Ariel

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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