INPUT FOR THE HOUSE PANEL ON THE JAN. 6TH INSURRECTION

(an epiphany sans wise men)

Devout
standard-bearers
journeyed, followed their Star.
Believers obeyed its credo.
Proud Boys, MAGA, QAnon.

I AM
the only One,
shined the Star, who is Worthy.
Go to the stable, drive out the shepherds.
Radically inspired, they did.
G*****it, they did.

About the Poem

My anger at the insurrectionists and the deniers inspired this. Each stanza is a Pensee form.

The Washington Post: Wild Card | A former New York senate candidate stormed the Capitol, then asked friends to delete video evidence, feds say.

About the Author

Joanne Kennedy Frazer is a retired peace and justice director and educator for faith-based organizations at state, diocesan, and national levels. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, journals, and e-zines. Five of her poems were placed into a song cycle, titled Resistance, by composer Steven Luksan, and performed in Seattle and Durham. Her chapbook, Being Kin, (Creation Rising) was published in 2019. She lives in Durham, NC.

9 thoughts on “INPUT FOR THE HOUSE PANEL ON THE JAN. 6TH INSURRECTION”

  1. This poem makes me wonder when I am so sure I am following my conscience but could be so far from reality.
    Well done!

    Ted Frazer

  2. This is a skillful poem that hits the mark. Strong implication in the parenthetical subtitle really resonates, as does the blind faith/religious parallel. Thanks for this work, Joanne Kennedy!

  3. Nice job, Joanne. I especially love the title – we need some input for this committee and yours is perfect. Thanks for getting this out in the world.

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