The Bloom of Disquiet

Research on Juneteenth,
and I am born
to disquiet by lynchings
from my shelter of privilege,
to find history leveled
under voices once muted,
now megaphoned
from Minneapolis to Berlin.

I am disquieted
by a father’s breaths,
taken under knee
and divisible
by the wrong room
where Breonna was shot.

Disquiet reboots
the me that I was.

I have chosen to be

a speaker in tongues
for free verse
aloud with alarm
when lynchings
are deemed suicides.

No more.

I will resonate

with the pleading
of a father’s breaths,
taken under knee
and divisible
by the wrong room
where Breonna was shot.

No more.

I will resonate

with the thunder
that peals from white pages
when a jogger
is run down
and the sheriff knows.

No more.

I will resonate

from the still of the ground
fertile with silence.

I will bloom
to the struggle
and beauty of shouting,
“Black Lives Matter!”
like a rose, unweighted.
I am grounded,
stemmed beyond dew,
to thorn out in protest
in the hue of every drop
spilled with injustice and a gun.

Salvation snaps to mimic
a relapse of larynx
gathered around the globe
in the midst of pandemic
where I aim my outcry,
not silenced,
I will post and will share
Black Lives Matter
beyond a still in the moment
where all matters
are rebuked at random
en masse, provoked to MAGA
by Twitters to Tulsa.

Born in New Orleans, Dionne Charlet is a published American poet of FrancoIrish decent. A former Renaissance festival queen and entertainment writer, Dionne is disabled by a benign brain tumor and dysautonomia. She lives with her husband and Boston BullPug in Isabel, LA.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. kgbethlehem says:

    Hey good evening. I really enjoyed this poem, it fits well for today but honestly for this entire season of change (which has been going on for close to 10 years). I gotta’ feature this on my poetry corner. I will reblog this post on my page and hopefully, others will visit you. Well done, seriously well done.

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  2. kgbethlehem says:

    Reblogged this on KG Bethlehem and commented:
    Good evening everyone and welcome to a very special Friday Night Poetry Corner. We nearing the end of Juneteeth and to cap this off I am featuring this magnificent poem called “The Bloom of Disquiet” by the gifted Dionne Charlet. Please when you get a chance visit her page. You won’t be disappointed!

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