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by Nancy Ames

"Standing there, you
cover the window and
watch me sitting in
your shadow - hollow
and blameless, you
man the barricades.

Just say no but
never make a move
until there is
something to oppose.

'Only a coward would
hit a coward' -
a comedian said that."


Author's Note: This is obviously about personal/political oppression.

Posted on 03/06/2008
Copyright © 2022 Nancy Ames

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 03/06/08 at 02:05 AM

This is nicely done. The end reminds me of something e.e. cummings said when asked if he'd hit a lady with a baby. His reply, "no I'd hit with a brick." He is one of my favorite poets.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 03/06/08 at 04:00 AM

Works for me. I think you nailed it in pretty damn good style.

Posted by June Labyzon on 11/06/14 at 01:17 AM

You may be my favorite poet on Pathetic, next to Philip...I can relate and find solace in every poem you have written that I have read. Love this

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