Bleed

now is not the time to open open that great door again not the time to be more tolerant not the time to play to win

now is not the time for justice evolution mercy choices not the time to pet the puppies yipping with pathetic voices

now is not the time for kindness not the time for compromise not the time for loving blindness not the time to close my eyes

now for one too many people not that i have gained no good heart has sown but flesh is reaping tears to mind and wasted blood

now my inner wolf seeks equals only those whose chords can howl deadly whether lone or social defending young or on the prowl

tell me not that you would die upon the spines of my displeasure live for me and for you will i cherish each cell as if a treasure

put me not inside a cage but roam with me through snow and sun be by my side or breathe my dust for i shall bleed again for none

Niki Lasher Artist, Writer, and Webmatron http://www.kthulah.com

In The News:


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New York Times
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The Guardian

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The Guardian
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New York Times
FEAR not, fans of poetry: The app world has not left you behind. Some will even help you write your own poetry. Poetry from the Poetry Foundation, free for iOS and Android, is my favorite way to read poems digitally. It includes thousands of poems ...


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Lake County News-Sun
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West Hartford News
FARMINGTON >> Hill-Stead Museum's nationally-acclaimed Sunken Garden Poetry Festival will have its closing night of the 2014 season on Aug. 6 with poet, writer and teacher Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Aug. 6 is also CT Young Poets Day at Hill-Stead, ...
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Reading with Reid and Terri
The Stokes News
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The Colorado Independent
It was a night of thoughtful discussion, compelling poetry and plenty of the requisite wine and cheese. Moderated by TCI's very own Tessa Cheek, the panel explored how the medium of poetry has the ability to communicate truth that straight-ahead (read: ...


The New Yorker

Poetry Podcast: Jennifer Michael Hecht Reads Lucie Brock-Broido
The New Yorker
This month on the Poetry Podcast, Jennifer Michael Hecht reads “Noctuary,” by Lucie Brock-Broido. As its title indicates, the poem is a kind of journal of the speaker's nighttime musings: 3 December,. Unspeakable anxiety about locked-in syndrome, about ...


The New Yorker

The Mysterious Case of the Park Poet
The New Yorker
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The Poor Poetry of Death
First Things
We are planning another funeral, one of the small duties of which is selecting materials for inclusion in the folder that will be handed out to guests. The funeral home offered sample poetic spiritual selections for the funeral program. These poems are ...

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