Our Own Demise

Resisting freedom, imprisoned by lies
No one to save us or hear our reprise
We the People are unable to rise
We are complicit in our own demise

Slaughtering children, ignoring their cries
Funding enemies while our ally dies
And our veterans sleep under dark skies
We are the coachmen of our own demise

Voting for “saviors,” and all that implies
Electing men with forked tongues and snake’s eyes
Forfeiting power to those we despise
We are the authors of our own demise

Punishing merit while rewarding vice
Dividing the masses, quick and concise
Asking Khomeini for legal advice
We are the poets of our own demise

Citizens donning a violent disguise
Banging their keyboards in blatant surmise
Inciting evil and severing ties
We are the ushers of our own demise

Revising laws we don’t want to revise
Our Constitution’s been criminalized
By unruly guys who plot and devise
We are a relic of our own demise

© 2015 The Poet Darkling™

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Published by: The Poet Darkling

The Poet Darkling is an award-winning poet, lyricist, author, editor, and freelance writer. She is currently working on her fifth poetry and monologue anthology, as well as her memoirs. In 2013, The Poet Darkling had the distinct honor of writing an introduction and closing poem for the short story anthology, “Broken Spokes along the Way,” by author Vance R. Farrell. She is also an esteemed member of several writer’s groups, including Writers-Network, and All Poetry, and was featured in the All Poetry anthology “Rewrite Sunlight” in 2017. Born in Chicago, Illinois, The Poet Darkling currently resides in Northeast Tennessee with her family, her pet black widow spider (whom she calls “Walter”), her imaginary muse (whom she hasn’t named), and her many diverse personalities. Since her childhood, The Poet Darkling has survived all manner of physical and sexual abuse, as well as mental illness, drug addiction, and long-term homelessness, and her poetry reflects this. With a steady voice, diverse subject matter, and the singular intent of helping others not only survive the darkness, but thrive there. The Poet Darkling appeals to a wide range of readers. She speaks for the traumatized soldier, the weary mother, the confused teen, the abandoned senior, the disenfranchised minority, the serial killer, and anyone who has suffered heartbreak, addiction, abuse, mental illness, and even the sting of death – and all in perfect rhyme and meter…or not. Following her own doctrine of “Live first; learn later,” The Poet Darkling is currently working on her M.A. in Creative Writing/English, with a concentration in Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University, where she also earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Poetry and a minor in Professional Writing, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. The Poet Darkling is proud to be a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (Alpha Pi Psi) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (Sigma Psi) honor societies. When she is not writing, or plotting her bid for Poet Laureate of the United States, The Poet enjoys talking to herself, wandering around aimlessly and poking dead critters with sticks.

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