Examine Revolution Within

It is impossible for me to post this week without acknowledging that there is a lot going on in our world right now. Here, where I live, helicopter noise went into the night Sunday as there was active protesting here and around the country over continued deaths; a consequence of systemic racism. This time spurred by the murder of George Floyd, Rest in Power. And… all in the middle of this pandemic.

While we acknowledge all that is going on, we also can acknowledge that we feel all that is going on. Even if we are not completely paying attention, we feel the tension. We feel the emotion. We feel the conflict in the world.

The protests, the injustice of someone being killed because of the color of their skin, the palpable anger and grief of people who recognize themselves in George Floyd or the many others who have been killed, the anger and grief of allies who plainly see injustice.

Just as we feel scared, worried, sad, anxious, etc. about the Coronavirus and the pandemic isolation, we are affected by the protests, we are affected by the injustice of humans being killed across America, we are affected by police brutality. How do our own personal stories intersect with all that is going on?

How can we explore all of those feelings so they don’t overwhelm us? Write about it all. Maybe it’s not even about the overwhelming nature of our tumultuous world, maybe it’s about empowerment, about grounding ourselves in our beliefs, our fears, our fight, the revolution we carry within.

If you are saying to yourself: I don’t even know where to begin, I have some suggestions on where to start, where to find your revolution voice, explore where you stand, explore what you think, what you fear, what you wish for, what you believe.

Start by writing down one of the following phrases and continue writing from there:

  • I stand up and use my voice for…
  • When he heard another human being say “I can’t breathe”…
  • The police…
  • From the grave, I say…
  • I am in the crowd that protests…
  • I can’t breathe…
  • When I think of insert name of a black person you know
  • The pandemic seemed to matter less when…
  • Black lives matter to me because…
  • Revolution means…
  • Making change begins with…

Write for fifteen minutes.

Alternate writing challenge: You can also answer every one of the prompts above by writing a single complete sentence for each one and then shape them into one complete poem.

Thank you for writing with us today. If you would like to write with us regularly, please follow the blog for a new post and prompt every Tuesday!

Be well.



Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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