“In a Court of Clowns” on PoetryNook

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Like everyone, my brain has been occupied by all the ridiculous political antics I see populating my news feed. I cast no judgment on any one group or person—the whole system reminds me more of the movie Idiocracy than 1984.

I scroll through my newsfeed and am not sure whether to laugh or cry. Instead of either, I wrote poetry.

In a Court of Clowns

In a court of clowns
a jury seeks my judgment
without knowing me.

They all think they know
because of my hair, my skin—
because they were told

what they can expect
—do/don’t trust, do/don’t like us—
these people like me.

Then you wonder why
I/Us tend not to trust you—
one of us must start.

But forgive me, please
if I don’t make the first move—
history repeats.

Still, it’s up to us…
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About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at spaceandtime.net
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