“2020: Back to School” © Bonnie Matthews Brock

 

Suffocated

In this society
of masks and miasmas
we are allowing ourselves
to be suffocated
with pillows of power
and prejudice,
hardly hidden,
in the institutions
we thought would protect us all.

We have to do something.
We know we must do something.

So we put on our mask
carefully
to protect
ourselves.
We know
we are all
George Floyd
potentially
later or sooner.
And we know
we are all his killers
potentially
later or sooner
behind the mask.

 

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Rhysling Award. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including: Apogee, Firewords, Capsule Stories, Light Journal and So It Goes.

Bonnie Matthews Brock is a Florida-based photographer, as well as a school psychologist. Her images have been published in Ibbetson Street Press, The Somerville Times, and Oddball Magazine.