darkness rising

darkness rising

defaced Jewish Cemeteries
in St. Louis and Philadelphia.
Tombstones toppled.
Rural African-American Churches
burned to the ground.
vandalized Signs
at Muslim Study Centers.
threats of violence
against Members
of the LGBTQ Community.
Unarmed African-American Men
and Women killed by police officers.
bomb threats against
Jewish Community Centers.
a Mosque set on fire.
Police Officers executed.
a Man from India
killed in an Olathe, Kansas Bar,
and Another injured.
darkness rising: unhinged, deranged.
darkness rising as American nightmare.
these desecrations will not stand.
I Refuse darkness rising.


Andrew Shattuck McBride

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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3 Responses to darkness rising

  1. Laura Rink says:

    Refuse, resist. We must do that.

  2. I read a variation of this poem last night at the Village Books Open Mic, emceed by the incomparable Laurel Leigh.

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