Skin

knowing looks, whispers
outright aggression

due only to the skin one is in

this norm sewn into our fabric
not swiftly abandoned

cannot withstand hard looks

does this not gnaw
at every soul?

this thing, that is undoing us,
will it ever be excised?

Pat
3/08/21

For dVerse Poets Pub where Sarah is hosting and the prompt is “Swift” on quadrille night ( a 44 word poem).

Quadrille: swift

Justice

this angry spillage
this unyielding storm,
with new voices

will this be a cleansing?
it is time, it is time!

Pat R

6/03/20

For Frank Tassone Weekly Challenge where the prompt is “Justice”. To read further and see other entries go here

Justice for George Floyd whose life was snuffed out by  the Minneapolis police by kneeling on his neck,  for over 8 minutes, until he was dead, in plain sight!!