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Stars, Spots and Stripes

Another poem about politics from Impolite favourite, Amy Barone

 

Stars, Spots and Stripes

 

In the Jawai hills of India,

amber-eyed leopards and villagers,
who harvest mustard and wheat,

 

live in harmony. A spirit presides

at the Shiva temple on Perwa Hill.
Priests descend and mix with Rabari nomads.

 

In the West, creatures with spots and stripes

shoot dirty breezes, shout magazines at the innocent.
Fail to recognize race and faith.

Cling to perceived correctness for defense.

What’s your weapon of cover?
Are you sure you don’t need one?

 

Image credit: (c) Amy Barone

Amy Barone

About the Writer

Amy Barone’s new poetry collection, We Became Summer, from New York Quarterly Books, will be released in early 2018. She wrote chapbooks Kamikaze Dance (Finishing Line Press) and Views from the Driveway (Foothills Publishing). Her poetry has appeared in Café Review, Gradiva, Paterson Literary Review, Sensitive Skin, and Standpoint (UK), among other publications and anthologies. She spent five years as Italian correspondent in Milan for Women's Wear Daily and Advertising Age. Barone participates at spoken-word events in New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia. She belongs to PEN America Center and the brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem. A native of Bryn Mawr, PA, Barone lives in New York City.

 

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