Baptism

Baptism
by Knight Quinn
Art: Dystopia by Maciej Frolow

Dragging hand-me-down virtues
through tunnels of
barbed wire, wrapping
ethic(and morality, some
times)inside oily rags
on the verge of igniting themselves.

we fight and
we spit
and we wild an-
d we spark,
fearful of being over-
heard by glass-walled neighbors:

our louder, American pastime
of digging in our back yards
at midnight for only the latest
psychologies, hoping they won’t
calls the cops. no. we need
something aching, ancient.

pine and hemlock come to mind. and rites
that demand more blood and dance.

to fight and
to spit
and to wild an-
d to spark
is to dig in the back yards of
our ids and our egos regardless of .
philosophy’s agency.

there is no more time to
kneel before, only to rail
against, to lean and press
against, to fight-spit-wild-spark
against,

to share the splinters
from this, our baptism.

Baptism was originally published anonymously.

Great: Poems of Resistance & Fortitude

Authored by An Anonymous Collection

An anthology of anonymous poems saturated with messages of resistance, fortitude, and subversion, dedicated to November 9, 2016. These poems were written and submitted from across the United States: An honest, brutal, determined voice echoes the narratives of women, people of color, assault victims, and working class people.

The revised edition is dedicated to the six journalists among more than 200 people arrested and charged with felony rioting during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.

You may buy your copy here.

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