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Poem by Olivia Cruz Monell: ‘Unite To Fortify’

Is it hate, or is love

the driving force behind the rage?

Is it burning rivers coursing through our veins?

Blinding power seeking revenge

of things assumed we should defend

not giving thought to consequences.

 

If it’s hate, then ours is insecurity;

our misguided feeling of inability

when called upon to function with maturity.

Emotions are a high sign of cowardice

when we hide behind our “piece,”

then we ran and hid in fear of the police.

 

If it’s love, then ours is superiority;

our inflated ego of dominance,

the feeling of being king among all.

A godly power of allowing life or death.

The devaluation of everyone’s freedom

measured by self-love. Unfounded supremacy.

 

Where do we go from here?

We can talk on social media.

We can offer prayers and lamentations.

We can write about things gone wrong.

We can point with our ten fingers.

But is this what brings the solution to our fears?

 

Let’s unite and organize.

Let us think things out, plan and formalize.

Let’s be kind, stern, and open-minded.

To stem the tide, we have to build a human wall;

A strong wall with no weak links.

From the highest titled to the lowest-ranked, unite!

Olivia Cruz Monell has lived in St Croix for the past seventy-one years. Writing poetry is her passion; she have delved into different poetry genres for forty years.

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Is it hate, or is love the driving force behind the rage? Is it burning rivers coursing through our veins? Blinding power seeking revenge of things assumed we should defend not giving thought to consequences.   If it's hate, then ours is insecurity; our misguided feeling of inability when called upon to function with maturity. Emotions are a high sign of cowardice when we hide behind our "piece," then we ran and hid in fear of the police.   If it's love, then ours is superiority; our inflated ego of dominance, the feeling of being king among all. A godly power of allowing life or death. The devaluation of everyone's freedom measured by self-love. Unfounded supremacy.   Where do we go from here? We can talk on social media. We can offer prayers and lamentations. We can write about things gone wrong. We can point with our ten fingers. But is this what brings the solution to our fears?   Let's unite and organize. Let us think things out, plan and formalize. Let's be kind, stern, and open-minded. To stem the tide, we have to build a human wall; A strong wall with no weak links. From the highest titled to the lowest-ranked, unite! Olivia Cruz Monell has lived in St Croix for the past seventy-one years. Writing poetry is her passion; she have delved into different poetry genres for forty years. ________ The Source Arts & Literature section highlights the work of our creative readers. All visual artists and creative writers are encouraged to share with us new works. Poetry and creative prose submissions are limited to 1,500 words and should include a brief bio of the writer. Visual art submissions should include at least one high-quality image or video and a very brief bio along with an artist’s statement that speaks to the inspiration of the work. The statement should include the title if there is one, the medium used and what the work means to you. Please send submissions and questions to visourceart@gmail.com.