Today’s news, quietly screaming the ugly truth,
We are a completely broken humanity.
Hatred, violence, and political pretense
Are prowlin’ about provokin’ humanity.
The “bliss” of ignorance has become our disgrace
We’re the kiss of poison oak in humanity.
Change will not come unless we humbly face the facts —
Primary facts — and get woke in humanity.
Can I, Julie, help turn this Ship of Fools around?
I’ll use voice — with an outspoken humanity.
NaPoWriMo.net (Day 14) “Today’s is an oldie-but-a-goody: the ghazal. The form was originally developed in Arabic and Persian poetry, but has become increasingly used in English, after being popularized by poets including Agha Shahid Ali. A ghazal is formed of couplets, each of which is its own complete statement. Both lined of the first couplet end with the same phrase or end-word, and that end-word is also repeated at the end of each couplet. If you’re really feeling inspired, you can also attempt to incorporate internal rhymes and a reference to your own name in the final couplet.”
This writing prompt — writing a ghazal — after today’s events is necessary, critical, and Timely.