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This website publishes poetry that deals with social and political themes. Historically, some of our best poets have been courageous in using their writing gifts to counteract injustice and deal with issues of troubled times. Our democracy is being systematically dismantled without compassion to favor oligarchy, corruption, and oppression of the non-rich and non-white. This is the most inhumane White House in history.

We hope the poetic works herein expose the enemies of a liberal society. If you consider yourself both poet and progressive, please submit your work for publication on this website. If accepted, your poems may also be considered for our sister publication, Good Works Review, an annual print magazine. Please read the Guidelines before submitting.

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Unburdening


by Martin Willitts Jr.


    "You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self…”—Ephesians 4:22
    Musician Daryl Davis convinced 22 Klan members to quit

There is a music to change. 

Daryl Davis began a simple conversation, 
in a bar, between sets, playing country music. 
When you talk to a stranger, 
you never know what to say.
Someone must start somewhere.
When Spirit leads you, 
you never know where you will end up 
and who you will meet along the way.

The stranger admitted in the half-light, 
he’d never had a drink with a Black man.

Daryl simply wondered, "Why?”

When Spirit opens one door, 
you never know what is on the other side.
The music inside might soften you.

The stranger flatly confessed his discord:
he was a Klan member. 
Daryl listened with curiosity and silence.

Daryl never intended to convert anyone. 
But, as they say, time heals all wounds. 
22 angry men gave up their membership.

Now, Daryl’s closet is full 
of abandoned Klan robes. 

Those men left not only their past behind, 
but emerged into the music
of light and forgiveness.