January 16, 2013 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION








Poetry for January is all about diversity, altruism, emotion and meaning with words shared by Simon Moya-Smith, Anthony Desmond, Shari LeKane-Yentumi, Ian Stewart Black, Laura La Veglia and Kelvin Oba




The ‘I’ Word


 Simon Moya-Smith




The ‘I’ Word. … It’s like the N word. It’s derogatory. It’s
churlish. It’s rotten, rank and wrong. It tastes like a gutter apple.
It’s an all-American, time-tested fungus. It lives in the brain and
wriggles on the tongue. It’s a White Man’s song still brazenly sung.

Injun. THAT is the ‘I’ Word. It’s the hair in your meal. It’s the
bitter’s bile. It’s an American style. It punches and pierces the
eardrum. It’s a Q-tip dipped in venom. Venom. Venom.

An anthem and ode; a wart-riddled toad.

By night and day, the word – so cold – is a word so old, yet keeps a
youthfulness so frighteningly, so arrogantly bold.

Oh, alas, my fellow unshackled mind, my friend found in the mass so
curious and kind, lose the word that wriggles on your tongue, never to
sing that sour song so often sung. Lose the word, yes, that one. The
‘I’ Word. The ‘I’ Word. Injun.

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  1. Tasha February 13, at 19:13

    Lovely poetry from a lovely poet. Thanks for this colorful sharing. It does make the mind tingle and twinkle! Warm wishes, Tasha

  2. Bob January 29, at 22:20

    Nice publication and my friend Laura LaVeglia Grillo makes it even better, she is a great writer.

  3. laura laveglia January 29, at 19:31

    thank you for the exciting opportunity featuring two of my poems in your distinguished magazine. I was so happy to see my name and poems! Many of the poems I have read on your site are just fabulous. What a bunch of talented poets!!!! Best Regards, Laura LaVeglia

  4. Shari LeKane-Yentumi January 18, at 14:01

    Dear Simon, thank you for sharing this perspective that has long awaited its say, especially in poetic format as you have done so beautifully. - Shari


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