Diane Vogel Ferri is a teacher, poet and writer. Her essays have been published in Scene Magazine, Cleveland Christmas Memories, Raven’s Perch, and by Cleveland State University among others. Her poems can be found in numerous journals. Her chapbook, Liquid Rubies, was published by Pudding House. The Volume of Our Incongruity was published by Finishing Line Press. Diane’s essay, “I Will Sing for You” was featured at the Cleveland Humanities Fest in 2018. Her novel, The Desire Path can be found on Amazon. She is a graduate of Kent State University and holds an M.Ed from Cleveland State University.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Breaking Babies

I believe I wrote this a year ago....and nothing has changed except more damaged human beings.

You are breaking them
those children in cages
with their aluminum foil blankets 
their obscene days, damaged psyches 

broken for campaign promises
evangelical leaders preach the Bad News
a deluded Jesus would not 
let the children come to Him

they are under the same stars
lights of the future, those crying orphans
turn away, amuse yourselves
with the scandal-of-the-day, the blatant lies

but they will always be with you 
somewhere in your brain your soul
God is watching 
waiting for your Pro-Life response

their brown eyes see all know all
in a cruel imprisonment of
irreversible memories irretrievable childhoods, 
mothers with no children
fathers with no family
voters atwitter with relief
brown children will not sully the country 
with their abilities

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