Roz Levine

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I Do Not Like The Men You Are 
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I do not like the men you are
Your work on healthcare is quite sub par
With years to think how to make it right
You toss us a plan of national fright
With millions about to lose any care
While tax cuts for the rich is what you cheer
By the actions you take you shall be known
From Atlantic waters to Pacific foam
In history books you’ll one day be shamed
For the millions who will perish by this act in your name
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Roz Levine is a Los Angeles poet. The results of the last election has rekindled her political activism both in the words and peaceful actions of her life. She cannot accept the abnormal as the new normal, sit back and do nothing as draconian changes shift our country to a nation becoming unrecognizable to millions of us.  

Orange is the new…

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Photo by L.K. Thayer – Women’s March, Los Angeles – 01.21.17

 

“Please listen to our full menu as our options have changed: Press 1 for alternative facts / Press 2 for an explanation of emollients vs. the emoluments clause / Press 3 for fashion tips from Kellyanne Conway / Press 4 for denial & anger / Press 5 for bargaining, depression & acceptance / Press 6 for lead us not into temptation of nuclear war / Press 7 if you’d like to purchase a bomb shelter / Press 8 if you’d like to purchase a Gwenyth Paltrow yoni rock to hurl at the White House / Press 9 if you’d like to hear the Trump administration sing Kanye West’s “Wolves” / Or Press 0 if you’d like to speak with Mick Jagger, who can’t always get what you want, but you might find he can sometimes get what you need…”

 

“we all scream for ice cream…”

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“I think it tests our ability to not want to numb out. There’s so many things that are hard to hear every day that you do want to have some Oreos. Like people say, what do you invest in during the Trump era? I feel like, Hostess Cakes. Most of us are just scared and eating ice cream.”

Mike Meraz

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You finally say
I love you
And she doesn’t
Run
Or reciprocate

She just says
“You shouldn’t
Have said that”
Which is good
Enough

The next day
She comes over
A little bit
Sweeter

A little bit
Kinder

Some of the
Edges have
Been smoothed
Out

She gives you
A hug upon
Entering

You realize
You made the
Right
Decision

You waited
Long
Enough.

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2

You are a
Matisse
Painting

I am a
18th century
Sculpture

We are two
Pieces of
Art

One quiet
As stone

The other
Filling the room
With
Color.

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3

She is now
Back
And I can listen
To sad music
Again

There is nothing worse
Than a love song
When you yourself
Are heart-broken

But now she is
Back

And the stars
Are lined up
Again

The earth is
Well

At least
The Part
Under my
Feet.

 

Mike Meraz