(Original writer unknown)
To The Poet That Wants To Know If Their Poem Is A Revolution
What do you want the poem to do?
Who do you want the poem to expose?
Who do you want the poem to feed?
Who do you want your poem to free?
Who do you want your poem to make resign?
How will your poem stop a multinational company from stealing your land?
Will your poem leave you without a family?
Will your poem give a rapist pause?
Will your poem return a displaced people to their homeland?
Will your poem add the daily new dead’s name to itself?
Will your poem receive a cease and desist letter from Chiquita Banana and Coca-Cola?
Will your poem offer a strategy to a becoming movement?
How will your poem prevent the conscription of boys into armies?
Will your poem beg for its life or break its own line?
How will your poem prevent tax dollars from financing oppressive regimes around the world?
How will your poem be the key witness and evidence of the crimes against humanity?
How willing is your poem to give up its youth to fight for indigenous folks?
How will your poem show its medicine works?
How does your poem give up pencils in solidarity to forests?
How does your poem remind God that God is disappeared if any of God’s creation is disappeared?
How does your poem make nations accountable?
How does your poem lay its life on the line as a physical and a political accompaniment?
How does your poem visibilize love?
How willing is your poem to die for beauty?