October 31, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Ken Gierke




License to Hate



Great Again.

That’s what you said.


It’s not about color, politics, or religion.

You’re everyone’s friend.


Until you’re not. So you demonize,

stoking a climate of hate. Who’s the real demon?


In spite of their temporal source,

your words are not spoken in a vacuum.


Of course, all you have to do is disavow

anyone who puts your words into action.


Tweets from a hawk are music to no one,

with the real enemy fear mongering from the bully pulpit.






Ken Gierke

Ken Gierke started writing poetry in his forties, but found new focus when he retired. It also gave him new perspectives, which come out in his poetry, primarily in free verse and haiku. More of his work can be found at https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com.

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  1. Ken Gierke October 31, at 14:21

    Thank you for offering a forum for this. Ken G.


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