2016 Poem a Day Challenge #27

April is National Poetry Writing Month! The challenge is to write a poem every day of the month. I’m using prompts from Writer’s Digest, NaPoWriMo and Kelli Russell Agodon’s list. Occasionally, I may use my own prompt ideas as well.

Today’s Prompt:

Write a dead end poem.

The Interminable Edge

Pushing the serrated blade through layer after layer,
the air is overcome with enzymes and becomes oxalic
acid compound floods my eyes
and I did not want to cry again today
or go to war with oppressive thoughts.
Perhaps capitulation to their regime
is the way to freedom; resistance from the underground,
a subversion of balance toward bloody revolution,
the confidence of a psychosomatic proletariat
marching toward an independence imagined
in freedom songs and poetic determination to defeat
the enemy, the tyrant, the despot, the self,
and so onward until there is a neat pile of this:
catalyst oppressor on the cutting board before me, finely diced,
and in such simple work, such short work
I am tired and longing to be like the cheap knife in my hand:
never in need of sharpening.


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