[Poetry Friday] “Rights” by Martha Collins

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Fats here.

I hope that you are having a good week, so far. The poem I’m sharing for Poetry Friday this week was taken from a poetry anthology entitled, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. This collection was edited by Dean Rader, whose poem I featured a few weeks ago. On the back cover, it reads,

“Born out of a popular blog began by Dean Rader at the height of the recession and at the infancy of the Occupy movements, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent shows that the aims of poetry and the aims of democracy are hand-in-hand. These are poems of anger, love, protest, humor, contemplation, hope, frustration, and beauty. These are poems by the famous and the marginal, by the heard and the ignored. These are poems that speak to the past as well as the future… These are the poems for you.”

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After seeing so many posts on my Facebook news feed regarding the 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in the Philippines, I thought I would share this poem by Martha Collins entitled “Rights.”

Poetry Friday is hosted this week by Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty!


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Rights

He had no rights, they beat him up, you’ve got
no right, he said, and he was right, we thought,
we saw them beat him up right? It happened right
over there, but it was proper form, the jury
said, they were right, if you could judge
the beating by what happened next, our driver
said, right off they up and burn the place,
this right stuff goes too far, next thing it’s an-
imal rights, vegetable rights, mow ’em down
I say, he said, and turned, he had the right
of way, license to get where he needed to go,
but what if they stopped him anyway, they’re
the law and that’s their right, the right side
of the body’s on the other side of the heart.

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  1. It’s not a villanelle, but reminds me of one! Great rhythms and turns, and I like the ending especially.

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