“Word Salads” on PoetryNook

May the fourth be with you!

With this poem I’m getting back to normal-ish. I’ve learned not to expect it every day. Every dawn brings a new chance to… continue. And that’s enough for now.

My poem for this week has some anger and I’ve been told by political-minded friends that it is both left and right. That’s what’s cool about poetry… the reader participates with their interpretation.

The truth? It’s not liberal or conservative. “The Man” in the poem isn’t Trump—but he can be for you if you like. For me, it represents pig minded oppression. We’ve all experienced it. Whether it was a manager, a teacher, a co-worker, relative, friend… you will have a face to go with the image.

The magic in poetry is the interpretation.

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Word Salads

We eat word salad—
force-fed false facts, statistics
alternative truth.

The Man keeps us down—
slaves to appearance, to greed
‘til debt do us part.

Ignorance and lies—
they whisper and we spread them…
good little Sheeple.

Pay no attention
to the man on puppet strings.
He is the jester

shiny ring of keys
meant to dazzle our senses
and keep us cooing

babes behind crib bars
fed pablum and pestilence…

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About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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One Response to “Word Salads” on PoetryNook

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Good to hear your voice ringing true in this “word salad”! Poetry can be bent for all sorts of uses — the pen is mightier than an AKA, ultimately! (Or so I’d like to think, anyway.)

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