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Enfranchise Diss (Two Sonnets)

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Enfranchise Diss (Two Sonnets)

by John Kendall Hawkins

I.

Been an expat for 27 years:

Been home: New York: I've smelled the afterburn

of 9/11, my country in tears,

and have known that it's time that we unlearn

notions of freedom -- they went up in smoke

long before we taught 19 Jihads how

to take off but not to land. What a joke!

No trials yet, two decades later, wow.

But what burns me up is the right to vote,

all of those mail-in Black ballots just thrown

to the wind over the years. My Pet Goat

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Australia. His poetry, commentary, and reviews have appeared in publications in Oceania, Europe and the USA, such as Cordite, Morning Star, Hanging (more...)
 

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