Poetry Can

By Jessie Fields

“Poetry: Forgive me for having helped you to understand that you are not made of words alone.” Roque Dalton from Nancy Hanks.

Poems can so move the soul that tears flow

And lengthen those in sacred bonds

Stretching sentences to outlast time.

Fingers that tremble across the page can trace the stars

And let love turn breathless in your arms.

Poetry between us

Words at our feet.

Can we people making poetry arise and lead the way to a new day

End the cycles of misery, end poverty.

But don’t stop there, from the dust form a new future.

Poetry in action come forth, come lead the way and don’t stop there.

Love and Friendship

By Jessie Fields

Top notes sing, lift high and upright the fallen star  

Of love and friendship wide, no meek prelude to hot embrace. 

Romance praise of rhyme over rhyme far 

Forever unceasing has not and never slackened the pace 

Of violence, war and hate everywhere unwound. 

Begin again, give what human life requires 

To thrive in soul, health and beauty together bound 

Workers, a community of people re-creating, a new becoming inspires.  

Take down the old books, here is a muse to make 

A new world. High history and love in the mad descending hours 

Search and create all the ways a hard hand to shake 

A cold eye to shine. Teach this love, it is ours. 

Jump we humans quick to hate and no peace find 

We forget our real preference is kind.  

Roll over Beethoven

Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news.

Chuck Berry still speaks to us;

Maybe more than ever.

We came of age with rock and roll;

A new generation,

A new era.

Breaking boundaries.

Challenging authority.

Roll over,

Tell the news.

A new day dawns.

February 14, 2021