Wednesday, May 12, 2021

New Poetry by Todd Matson

The Gerrymanderer

he drew lines
to his right
to his left

battle lines
before him
behind him

jagged lines
above him
below him

crooked lines
to divide
to conquer

curved lines
twisted into

bloody lines
red and blue

rich and poor
black and white
citizen and immigrant

gay and straight
binary and nonbinary
young and old

men and women
fathers and sons
mothers and daughters

brothers and sisters
best of friends
us and them

a web of lines
tangling hearts
with fear and hate

he drew lines
of division
in the sand

until he etch-a-sketched
himself into a corner
boxed himself in

couldn’t get out
wielded his pen
like a stiletto

cut himself
into a thousand
little pieces

- © Todd Matson 2021

Todd Matson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  He has written poetry for The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, has been published in Ariel Chart International Literary Journal and The Chamber Magazine, and has also written lyrics for songs recorded by a number of contemporary Christian music artists.


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