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Sonnet: O Say Can You See?

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Sonnet: O Say Can You See?

by John Kendall Hawkins


When Colin K took a nat anthem knee

you'd a-thunk his cap had sunk deep into

Lady Liberty's Trump-supporting glee,

and upset the balance of time, but you,

Derek Chauvin, genuflector in chief --

Knee down lapsed Catholic? Or peephole Tom?

Flagged-wrapped fascist, Black Man Down, trauma, grief,

iPhones capturing a monster's aplomb.

And now we learn that there were six other necks,

including one held under water pleading, "Air!"

Screams, to you, a form of unwilling sex,

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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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