(an epiphany sans wise men)
journeyed, followed their Star.
Believers obeyed its credo.
Proud Boys, MAGA, QAnon.
the only One,
shined the Star, who is Worthy.
Go to the stable, drive out the shepherds.
Radically inspired, they did.
G*****it, they did.
About the Poem
My anger at the insurrectionists and the deniers inspired this. Each stanza is a Pensee form.
The Washington Post: Wild Card | A former New York senate candidate stormed the Capitol, then asked friends to delete video evidence, feds say.
About the Author
Joanne Kennedy Frazer is a retired peace and justice director and educator for faith-based organizations at state, diocesan, and national levels. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, journals, and e-zines. Five of her poems were placed into a song cycle, titled Resistance, by composer Steven Luksan, and performed in Seattle and Durham. Her chapbook, Being Kin, (Creation Rising) was published in 2019. She lives in Durham, NC.
G*****it, I wish I had written this. Powerful.
This poem makes me wonder when I am so sure I am following my conscience but could be so far from reality.
Nice use of the metaphor! Very cool!
This is a skillful poem that hits the mark. Strong implication in the parenthetical subtitle really resonates, as does the blind faith/religious parallel. Thanks for this work, Joanne Kennedy!
Thoughtful and thought provoking and powerfully written. Thank you for this.
Powerful, thought-provoking, and, tragically, right on. Thanks, Jo.
Nice job, Joanne. I especially love the title – we need some input for this committee and yours is perfect. Thanks for getting this out in the world.
Such incisive, insightful irony, a capsule to showcase a National tragedy. I love the assonance and consonance. I love such a grand lady even alluding to profanity!