Zombie Call


In response to the Washington Post article “Is Poetry Dead”

Zombie Call

From their tombs and graves they rise
Zombie Poets: Homer, Poe, Lorde, and more

restless from rolling over
too many times. Muses

for the living poets who agree
there are things left to say.

History’s repetitions prove some stories
need to be retold and lessons relearned.

What say you Playwrights and Journalists
have you no tales to weave and news to bring?

Then why make poets redundant
in this information age and time of disparity.

As long as night remains juxtaposed with day
and we continue to fall at the heels of war

and kneel in a miracle’s wake
poets will fill a need.

All of us Veterans of  life
search for a place and voice.

Today’s world of technology and machines
does not mandate more form

it requires creative sovereignty.
Zombies is what we’ll be without some heartfelt poetry.

Shared for dVerse Open Link Night week 81 with Claudia behind the bar.

6 replies
  1. Mary
    Mary says:

    Hmmm, as I see it, poetry certainly is not dead!! I think it is alive and well…in the blogosphere and elsewhere. Poets redundant? I think not!! Smiles.

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Yeah I bet that journalist and the playwrite would hate it if we started writing poems about how their mediums were dead. Anyway thanks for the read and taking the time to comment. Cheers!

  2. brian miller
    brian miller says:

    zombies is what we will be without some heartfelt poetry…i agree…heart is what is needed….a fun approach to this…have a poet i know that does a great spoken word piece on attending a poetry reading to an audience of zombies…you made me think of him tonight..

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      I am glad you like it Brian. I think it could be stronger without dramatics so I might play with it some more. Or it could be that I have given their opinion too much energy already. 😉

  3. Claudia
    Claudia says:

    yep…def. we will always need the voices of poets…the form and use of language may change over the years, but the need to write lives on…and i can’t imagine that poetry ever dies..

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      This poem has gone through some draft and I think I need at least one more. The first draft was too sarcastic and I feared that my tone would be misunderstood. Thanks for commenting and reading. Cheers!

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