After the Election – a response to President-Elect Trump

Alice Walker quote

I have thought long and hard about posting this, but we who are writers must stand up and be counted. Above all, we must call to account the ones who seek to destroy our hard won freedoms. We must speak out and never be silenced. We have power, both individually and together. We must use it. As the great Toni Morrison said last year in The Nation:

‘This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair. No place for self-pity. No need for silence. No room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilisations heal. I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. ‘


After the Election

9th November 2016


We the people

We the people of the world.

That world.

This world.

Our world,

where Justice is blind

to the groping hands

that stole her virtue

and her sword.

Her feathers

are all broken now,

pinions drooping,

primaries snapped,

and dragging in dirt.

Her scales,

turned bronze-orange,

weigh bigotry and hate

versus love and hope,

and no one wins.

Will you, America, lock out

we your Mexicans,

we your huddled refugees,

we your wretched Muslims

from the shore of liberty?

Will you silence our dissent,

punish the bodies

of we your pregnant women

and hit we your gay children

with electric shocks?

Will you come

for your we of different skin,

dressed in white hoods,

with lighter flames

and a Hallow’een pitchfork?

Will you repeal

the rainbow rights

of we your queer ones,

we who choose roads less travelled,

live lives of difference?

Can you really put a gag

in we?


We the people.

We the people of the world.

This world

That world.

Our world.

Where lights will shine

despite you.

© Lucy Coats 2016



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