Friday, 15 March 2019

To My Friends Who Said Nothing During the Witch-hunting of Ilhan Omar

Those who stuck to the practical stuff,
people-carrying your children – all
of whom are now at least seven foot tall –
to soccer or lacrosse,
or to paraphrase Malcolm X at the intervarsity
debating championship;

sympathised with yourself
by buying for yourself tickets
to see Jackson Browne sing songs –
three consecutive nights –
about what’s really going on.

Your political integrity, the apple
that went off in the bowl
all that time no one was looking, collapsed
rotten in the hand of the first person
who picked it up and tried
to take a clean, clarifying bite.

Now you prove your maturity
and commitment to demawcracy
by secretly buying Israeli oranges
and daring yourself to eat them.

© Kevin Higgins

Ilhan Omar's words were twisted – and Democrats were part of the problem

Kevin Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway, Ireland. He teaches poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre, Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute, and is Creative Writing Director for the National University of Ireland - Galway Summer School. He is poetry critic of The Galway AdvertiserHe has published five collections of poetry. His next poetry collection, Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital, will be published by Salmon Poetry in June 2019.