August 2, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION




Lynn White






I am being suffocated by this society,

pushed into a corner until

I can’t breath any more.

Pressed up against

the other screamers,

the can’t breathers.

Crying out.

I am not being suffocated under

the weight of immigration.

Or even the armlocks and bullets

of police out of control.

No, I am being suffocated by

the vile venom of normality

or what has come

to pass for it.

By indifference,

by dishonesty,

by power

used to


What will it take

for us to learn

how to distort

this normality,

how to smother

this sickness

and heal

us all.







How many candles must I light

to commemorate all the dead souls,

all the lives wasted in wars without end.

So many that candle making has become

a profitable industry.

The more deaths,

the more candles.

Will there be anyone left

to light a candle for me?







Lynn White

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem ‘A Rose For Gaza’ was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition 2014. This and many other poems have been widely published, in recent anthologies such as – ‘Alice In Wonderland’ by Silver Birch Press, ‘The Border Crossed Us’ from Vagabond Press and ‘Selfhood’ from Trancendence Zero – and journals such as Apogee, Firewords Quarterly, Indie Soleil, Midnight Circus and Snapdragon as well as many other online and print publications.

Find Lynn at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lynn-White-Poetry/1603675983213077?fref=ts and lynnwhitepoetry.blogspot.com

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