Political by Sam Richards

I am not a silent poet

Political political,
Everything’s political.
This poem is political.
You are.
I am.
If you post pictures of your fluffy cat
On Facebook,
Or your brat doing something you think is
That’s political.
Don’t kid yourself:
There’s nothing that’s not political.
Even kidding yourself
Is political.

If you think “political”
Only applies to politics –
That’s political.
Quite possibly
That’s what politicians
Would like you to think;
And that too
Of course
Is political.
In some ways
Are only marginally political
But they are fully political
Just the same.
Thinking you can live your life
Free of politics
Is political.
Assuming the arts
And music
And poetry
To be outside politics
Is political.
Language of course
Is political
Before you even open your mouth
Or commit words to paper.
Paper is political,
So is the screen of your laptop
So is your laptop.
Digital is political.
Science is political

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