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Monday, 16 April 2018

We Push Buttons

My President
and the President of that President
have a clear message
unprecedented
in its clarity and pyrotechnic
imagery, for you tyrants elsewhere:

We Push Buttons,
not you. Not your little pinkies on
those plasticine maps
rebranded terrains
where our names, our voices rain from blank skies
the powerful blue of widened eyes.

We Make Choices,
hard ones. Make them on everyone’s behalf
even when faced with
no consequences
with a carte as blanche as zeroing cheques,
the hollowmouthed viewfinder of graphs.

We Take Action,
fast. Faster than you can say Election
fraud. As decisive
as empty filing
cabinets; empty as a Cabinet;
clear as a scorpion in this sandstorm.

© Caleb Parkin


Caleb Parkin is a poet, performer, facilitator & filmmaker, based in Bristol. He works with schools, museums, universities and others & is completing an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. Winner, Winchester Poetry Prize 2017  National Poetry Competition 2016 - 2nd Prize  The Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2016 - Shortlist  Watch filmpoem 'Bony Orbit' on Atticus Review  I was on Poetry Please here Twitter: @CalebParkin

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