Say all the Words, NaPoWriMo, Day 20

When they ban the books

and suppress the press–

whisper the words

lest you forget.

Pen the poems

(though they’re not read)

and sing the songs

(even if they’re in your head).

Frame the facts with veracity

despite the dire mendacity

of those who strut to power–

then, remember the flower

that blooms again each spring,

and let truth ring.

Share it with the old and youth,

bind them now with this enlightened thread–

love is love,

the earth’s not flat,

nevermore this, but only that,

and no matter what they say–

let hope stay.

Say all the words of knowledge and beauty,

it’s your duty

to resist, rebel–

to kiss and tell–

(these words you’ve said inside your head),

so, set the fires, beat the drums,

shout the call with rhymes and prose,

and like the rose,

your words will bloom unadorned,

fragrant, alluring—but jaggedly thorned.










Mary Vaux Walcott [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt asked us to write about rebellion.



32 thoughts on “Say all the Words, NaPoWriMo, Day 20

  1. This beautiful poem was meaningful and pertinent, Merril.
    The wild roses are always my favorite! Mom was named​ Rosalie, but only Dad could call her Rosie. She chose to dig up from a wooded, unowned lot one plant of wild roses. It was transplanted and thrived upon each uprooting. Some may think: “It can’t be done!” But, let this be a symbol of possibilities, too. ❤️

  2. Well, the poem didn’t get me thinking of my Mom, although she was diligent to do court watches for women’s cases and both my parents marched for a week in Washington DC for Civil Rights. The elegant wild Rose was what had me talking about roses.
    No, your poem was meaningful and pertinent.

  3. Pingback: NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2018 – Day 20 – “The Confidence To Rebel Against Yourself” by David Ellis | toofulltowrite (I've started so I'll finish)

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