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This poem is a blank page

for there are no words here
to describe skin flayed by wire

for there are no words here
to rescue brutalised children 

for there are no words here
to unsuffocate the plasticated sea

There are no words here
to give respite to the needled and the homeless

there are no words here
that know the pain of a soul walled off

no words here
that don’t drown mid-ocean on a hope that doesn’t float

no words here
that can be heard over the thick all-white lies

no words
that can de-fuck the planet.

This poem is a blank page.

This blank page is a poem.

 

 

Jennifer A. McGowan
Illustration: Atlanta Wiggs

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