November 29, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Ken Gierke




anguish measured in tears



one foot in front of the other

families and miles

measured in the thousands


asylum their only need

pleas falling on deaf ears

dream now a nightmare


border crossing rebuffed

canisters traded for rocks

thrown in protest


tear gas for temerity

delivery indiscriminate, for families

lumped together as criminals


shed a tear for the child who sheds a tear






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. His poetry has published by Vita Brevis, The Ekphrastic Review and Tuck Magazine, and Eunoia Review. His website:  https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com.

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1 Comment

  1. Ken Gierke November 29, at 15:00

    Thank you for featuring this. There is no excuse for the events of that day.


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