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Violence by Jamal Parker

| September 25th, 2014 | current issue, poetry | No Comments

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[tab id=1]Violence is not a means of absolute protest
Violence is not a means of absolute protest
Violence is not a means of absolute protest

I protest with the print of ink marks
on paper, spoken aloud through the instrument
of my mouth, the sound obliterating
the shackles of the oppressed.

So hit me all you want
each fist to the gut regurgitates
literary sounds of onomatopoeia
take your knuckles and
swipe them through my teeth because
every splat of my blood hits the concrete,
and it makes my teeth feel numb
but they inspire others to speak
when they hear my story; the glory of how
I still speak when my chipped enamel
split to two, was born again and rung
anew

and later on my father later on told me two things:
1. Do not run into violence

[tab id=2]Jamal Parker is a young writer living in Orlando FL. He is currently attending Temple University in Philadelphia.[/tab]

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