Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "And I Feel Fine"

This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "vows or promises" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

"And I Feel Fine"

After decades of inequality,
the Supreme Court finally ruled --

as it once did for interracial marriages --

that same-sex marriages must be legal,
and this time added that marriage
is a keystone of our social order
to which everyone has a right.

The neoconservatives are screaming.

It's the end of the world as we know it ...

The remaining states that have striven
to deny equality will be obliged
to acknowledge it.

Those who have been shut out
of society will be welcomed in.

The walls and the barricades
are replaced with rainbows.

The neoconservatives are screaming.

... and I feel fine.

The premise that love makes people
somehow lesser because of their feelings is
beginning to crumble, and to bring down with it
all the discrimination based upon that foundation.

Sometimes, the end of the world is a good thing.

* * *


"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M. is a famous song. Read the lyrics or enjoy a video.

Find out more about the Supreme Court marriage ruling.
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