ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP / ISSUE 5: Poets In Unity - Responses to the Election of Donald Trump / POETRY / SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS

“The Audacity of Survival” by Sydney Meeker

I am an average man.
On Nov. 8th, I remembered
Who I am; a Mexican,
And a transman, who offends
by being.
And I will be offensive.

Trump took a defibrillator
To my lumpy chest
To a leftover deadness of deafened hope
And gave it an ultravolt shot
Over and fucking over
To my long-forgotten carapace of identity;
And god did it hurt:
But my heart beat fire again.

I woke November 9th a new man;
For the second time.

Sydney Meeker studied at Oxford University for a bit then came back to SoCal for some sun. Through video games, newspapers, good ol’ fashioned US propaganda, or a couple of humble poetry magazines like The Spectrum, hundreds of thousands have seen his writing.


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