big wind

big wind
coming through with
built in tilt

its source in impure lust for
knocking things down
it thinks are in its way

refuses
to call itself
a hard wind

instead calls itself
a nation of civility
with a civil society

its civil society is not civil
no matter what it says
it screams in the big wind’s favor

civility here means talk nice or
we will blow you over
talk nice or be unheard

either way no one
will hear you
as long as the big wind blows

civility is
no weapon
against such a storm as that

to be heard over
a tornado inside
a hurricane

you had better
be prepared
to scream

and to grab that big wind
by its throat
when it bears down

and to set your mouth
and teeth
upon its ear


About Tony Brown

A poet with a history in slam, lots of publications; my personal poetry and a little bit of daily life and opinions. Read the page called "About..." for the details. View all posts by Tony Brown

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