Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Monday, July 8, 2013

'Twist Of Fate' Anthology Now Available

The 'Twist Of Fate' anthology which raises money for the victims of the Moore tornado, is available for purchase here. Kindle version here.

In May of 2013, tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma, most notably causing severe destruction in the city of Moore. Safety was stolen, dreams were destroyed, lives were lost. Almost immediately, authors and artists from around the world joined together so that their expressions of emotion could be put to good use. The dozens of authors and artists who contributed to this anthology represent caring people whose effort has combined to create the charity anthology "Twist Of Fate."
Representing the Indies In Action group, 60 authors have combined to contribute 78 different writings in a charity anthology to help tornado victims in Oklahoma. The authors represent people from all around the globe. Nine countries are represented, and several of the contributors actually live in or have lived in "Tornado Alley." It is a grassroots, group effort to help those who need it the most. The writing and photos mix to create an experience you will want to share.
This inspiring collection is a wonderful way to make a difference for those who truly need it the most. The proceeds from this book go to the May Tornadoes Relief Fund, managed by the United Way, which in turn is used to help the victims of this tragic display of nature's fury.
Thank you for sharing hope.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Round of Applause

As Poetry Month comes to a close let's give a final round of applause to our poets who entered The Political Poet Poetry Contest this year. We hope to see them again next year.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

First Place Award Melissa Fry Beasley

A Poem Of My Grandmother

Piecing together life
Into amazing squares
Of faith and strength
Catching laughter
Binding tears
Placing them just so
Feather stitching chaos into order
Into your hoop
Go dreams of the people
Memories of family
Nations quilted into glorious hugs and well wishes
Sent across miles
Or just around the corner
Wrapped tightly
Safely shielded from the elements
Harshness of the world
History woven into each block
Every blanket containing a piece of you
Your wisdom
Reminding us who we are
Where we came from
In one of your blankets I saw chickens in a coop
Another contained startstuffs and Heaven
I've seen wedding rings
A trail across Kansas
Even the path of a drunkard
I saw the blanket of Chiefs and
One men wrap up in to see Holy things
There was even one made by your Grandmother so long ago
When she was still little
Love in each stitch
Prayer in every thread
So much magic in each creation of your beautiful hands
I found my Grandmother
Her Grandmothers
Blowing in the breeze
Soaking in the sun
As this blanket was just hanging there.
Pale and Small
She stood pale and small
Against the night sky
Silently watching behind the full skirts of her Grandmother.
She stood observing all the magic and metamorphosis she could dream of.
“The drum is like a heartbeat,
Heartbeat of the people”
She hears Grandmother telling her.
She watches
As the men become eagles
Take flight.
She sees hunters stalking
Carefully looks on
As even the grasses merrily dance.
Her heart thumps excitedly as Grandmother grabs shawl,
Heads into the circle.
Slows and turns saying, “you coming?”
She danced small and pale against the night sky
Making big circles, hand in hand.
Feeling each beat of the drum
Resonating and vibrating deep,
Down into her tiny bones.
She wondered how long a beautiful moment might last.
She wanted to dance right into tomorrow.
Dance right into next week.
Right into forever.

©2013 Melissa Fry Beasley

About the Author Melissa Fry Beasley
Melissa Fry Beasley is a Cherokee Artist, Activist, and Poet from Oklahoma. She is proud to have red dirt running through her veins. She is always so pleased and amazed to learn anyone reads her poems and is humbled when they like what they find there. Her blog is here:

Monday, April 22, 2013

Fourth Place Award David S. Pointer

Fast Riding Emily

Like a pro circuit cycle
rider, or a Cheyenne
dog soldier on a red
road Harley, I would
prowl through asphalt
eternity to find you and
when my chrome kick-
stand comes down-
abrazos y me besas
(hug and kiss me)
until the last love letter
of our coupled lives
is written alive into
our eyes, bright as
(a Valentines Card)
una tarjeta de San
Valentin from my
lips to your inner
light over a saddle
bag bottle of stars
or divine Chianti
rolling and writing
for higher ground

©2013 David S. Pointer

About the Author David S. Pointer
David Scott Pointer graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and an M. A. in Sociology. He would like to thank his creative writing instructor Dr. Rose Marie Kinder for her kindness, encouragement and support. Recent anthology appearances include “Poe-It,” “Proud to Be: Writings by American Warriors,” “The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume 5: Georgia” and others. In 2012, David was asked to serve on the advisory panel at “Writing For Peace.” He would also like to thank Mrs. Carmel Mawle, President/Founder at “Writing For Peace’ for having faith and confidence in him. Moreover, David also would like to thank everyone who was involved in “The Political Poet Poetry Contest” for investing in art and keeping the dream alive.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

First Place Amateur Poet Category Robert A. Wohl


As kids we had great fun
blowing bubbles, then chasing
them ‘till they popped,
even blowing them in
our milk with a straw.

Pa would talk about
serious things like the
“Stock Market” bubble
and how it ‘burst’ in '29.
Then- - our “Housing” bubble.

I guess the problem is
bubbles burst, like ours
did when we were kids.
You’d think we all could
understand this by now.

©2013 Robert A. Wohl

About the Author Robert A. Wohl

Robert A. Wohl ('Bob') began writing poetry only after retirement and a move from the Northeast to the Southwest. During a long period of residing in           Las Cruces, New Mexico, he began to write and actively participated in a poetry workshop there for many years---as well as doing open 'mic' readings a number of times. His career before that spanned many years in the aerospace industry. He holds a B.A. from San Diego State University and a J.D. from The University of San Diego. He now resides in Tucson, Arizona.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Third Place Award Cronin Detzz


The Greeks and the Turks
a blurry mess
the thin Green Line in Cypress
Just like
The British crown and the IRA
never see their islands the same way
Just like
The question of Oswald or CIA conspiracy
who the hell knows but Kennedy
Just like
LAPD and Rodney King
Just like
All of us who go on hating

We all love
We all hate
We all bleed
And make mistakes

All I know is that I’ve had enough
of people killing
in the name of something they love
Ask Malcolm X or ML King
They were cut down, fighting
They encouraged us
To erasing the thin dividing lines
They inspired us to be color blind

©2013 Cronin Detzz

About the Author Cronin Detzz

Cronin Detzz, author of “Poetry for Our Time,” has been writing poetry, lyrics, and short stories for over 30 years. She has contributed her work for anthologies, including “Sticks and Stones” by Barry Mowles & Friends, “The Sound of Poetry,” “Nature’s Echoes,” and many others.

Born and raised in Chicago, she now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She plans to continue publishing her works and collaborating with other writers.

Cronin can be contacted via social networking sights such as Facebook, or by leaving comments at WordPress, via

She can also be found by an internet search under “The Crow’s Pen” or  Cronin welcomes your feedback, suggestions, and enjoys reading others’ poetry.

Keep writing and keep sharing!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Second Place Award Taunja Thomson

The Altar

The altar was the head

of a pin upon which

seven angels spun

singing over the din

of silence.

They saw a smaller sun

lighting their steps

over the pale sunrise

and followed.

Their circle broadened

and they were blinded.

each fell in a crimson freefall

from the altar, felt blood

rush for the first time.

Looking up at their former place

of worship, they saw it was desolate,

flat, dusty, its surface worn

by their predictable dance.

Now they stood on a ground

ripe with blossoms,

bees nuzzling the centers.

drooping with the weight

of their own fecundity,

the angels looked up

and perceived

a larger, closer sun.

©2013 Taunja Thomson

About the Author Taunja Thomson

Taunja Thomson's work has appeared in The Cincinnati Poets' Collective, The Cincinnati Poetry Review, and The Licking River Review over the last few years. She has been writing poetry for thirty years now, and her inspirations include the Beat Poets, the Imagists, Whitman, and Rumi. She lives in Cold Spring with her husband and six cats and enjoys gardening, geocaching, and reading cat mysteries.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Fifth Place Award Chad McKenzie

No Answer from the Hill

A moment’s contemplation
On the status of our nation
Whose sad administration
Leaves us lurching in decline
Such an absence of creation
And a lack of motivation
Simply reeks of hesitation
While our necks are on the line
The Donkeys keep on braying
But the Elephants aren’t swaying
And everyone’s complaining
Yet no answer from the hill
The Capitalists are paying
And the religious ones are praying
To me, it looks like playing
And I think I’ve had my fill

©2013 Chad McKenzie

About the Author Chad McKenzie

My name is Chad McKenzie and I am a Senior Software Developer for a family owned company near Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. Writing was a hobby of mine throughout my childhood, however after graduating and pursuing my technical career, I didn't find much time to write. Recently this desire has resurfaced, and I appreciate the Political Poet for giving me the opportunity to display something I wrote for others to see. Thanks also to my three children; Seth, Aiden, and Linus, and to my soon to be wife Lisa, for reminding me of how much I enjoy this. Thanks!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Honorable Mention Prince Tatenda Kanokanga


“Everyone steps out of their predefined role

And steps up to work towards a singular goal

Welcome Ladies & Gentlemen

Take note introductions need not be made

Discourse, debate and argument

In no particular order

Is the adopted agenda

Round table discussion

With no discretion



Public officials

In attendance

Bribery, inflation, crime

Corruption, unemployment

Employment, citizenship, equality

Topical issues set to be addressed

This is Harambee Political Poetry



“Remind me again of the nomination details

Which parties and candidates are running for office

The requirements for one to run

The voting process

The general rules

Are they to:

Inspire change

Promote peace

Maintain harmony

And protect citizens

Or perhaps to:

Encourage legal compliance

And effective local governance

Scrutinize reports and findings

For those of us with political ambition

To help us fight injustice

Societal corrosion

The mild fiction

Civic responsibility

What academic qualifications

At what age can I contest,

This has now become personal;

There has been abuse of executive powers

There are plenty of environmental constraints

There is bad leadership, it often follows that;

A good leader necessary isn’t a good politician

And a good politician is not necessarily a good leader





“I hunger for freedom of consciousness

I hunger for freedom of association, assembly and expression

I hunger and thirst to see unemployment issues addressed

To see job creation and less inflation

To see less crime and better judgment

I too stand for no political party

With my foot in one and the other there

With my hand here and my left there

Perhaps I’m too young

And as my family and relatives say

Politics involves

Career implications

Could I really be incompetent at 18?

Should I not stand up and speak my concern

Should I not have a voice

Am I not a part of this nation

I’m an ordinary citizen

And no-body is above the law

Yes I am young and ambitious

Yes I have a lot to give

A lot to lose and gain

To lose an election

To gain trust

I stand for the Youth

The persons responsible for tomorrow

The persons responsible for today

The persons learning from yesterday

I stand not to oppose or depose the old tradition

I stand not to challenge the institution

I stand as the voice of the children

The infants and the juniors

The teens and adolescence

Young fathers and mothers

The orphaned and weak

The abused and harmed

Those that live on the streets

And no not the campaign song

The victory dance or slogan

I will not by pass violence

And ethnic hostility

Internal and external terrorism


No matter the race



I am a candidate of Member of Parliament

Will stand up and fight till the death for you

I will speak for the young and the old

The known and unknown

Liberation a dream, it cost many an arm and a leg

Liberation a reality, it costs nothing but servitude

Know all men whom it may concern

That I stand to speak for the people

To speak for the country, its people and the law”



“Shall we not cast our vote in this New Election?

Have we not contributed in the recent Referendum?

Shall we not fight for equal representation?

Have we not contributed for the nation?

Shall we not fight for our proliferation?

Shall we not fight for education?

We are the villages

We are the mothers

We are the numbers

Yet we are the minority

We are restricted and limited

Confined to corner offices

For the sake of gender balance

We are the oppressed and robbed

We are the villages and the people

Count our numbers,

Is it not a challenge

Is this what we gained independence for?

What our sisters, mothers

Children and husbands died for?

Who want our chairs and offices?

We want our enterprises and companies

We want policy changes and frameworks

Secure our protection

Economically, politically, socially and physically

We fought the battle

Held guns and powder

Should we not be allowed to administer

Is it not a legitimate reason?

Could there be any reason?

How can you plan a life for women without us being involved?

How can you preach and not teach Entrepreneurship

Free market economics and business ethics

We plan to rule and conquer

To show our strength

We are nurses and doctors

We are pilots and engineers

We are marshals and soldiers

We are ministers and judges

We are teachers and lecturers

We are drivers and mothers

We are the general care-takers

We are fighting for Voter Registration

Less hostility and more order

We are fighting for Voter Inspection

Legislation and rules

We fight not only for women

But for men too, we fight for children

We fight not based on gender, we fight only a battle

To be given equal opportunity

To freely achieve our dreams

To arrest the perpetrators

Curb favouritism and abuse of power

Politicians are architectural liars who promise you a better life

Who promise this and that, and never achieve it.

We stand not as politicians but as mothers

To care for all and show peace and comfort”



“Interesting discourse

Campaign in the press

Tactical issues swept not under the bridge

Flood gates open

Shall we not continue to address concerns

As we speak there are children dying on the streets

There are children getting pregnant, dropping from school

Indulging in alcohol and substance abuse

As we speak there are families in the rural areas who do not decent shelter

There are living in thatched huts with no proper ventilation

There are sharing quarters with children

Some areas without food, there is no food security

There is wide-spread hunger, starvation and disease

Many foreign aid officers and volunteers

Peace and Mercy Corps

The numbers of men and women dying

The wide-spread tension

Or could it be the anticipation

The high scale ethnic rivalry

Lack or harmony

Intensity of uncouth exchange

This heightened political tension

Riots and demonstrations

Assignments and assassinations

Can one speculate

Peaceful elections?

What strategies are in place

What thoughts and opinions

Do you have to change all this

The hunger and disease

The HIV/AIDS pandemic

The under-developed hospitals

Clinics and laboratories

The lowering education statics

How do we depopularise these

What is our way forward?”



“You’ve highlighted important points

We as a nation are supposed to pull through

There is dishonesty and corruption

Our leaders

The elders

The governors

Are all involved in scandals

There is political interference

Mismanagement of government offices

Decline in the public health care system

Lack of transparency

Incompetence and poor investment climate

This is not a debate but a forum

We have gone against the grain

We have traded government secrets for houses

Stolen monies

Committed fraud

And bribed our way from this or that deal

Remembering days gone by

Bribing customs officials

Under reporting tax sheets

Dealing in arms

And frequently reducing tax liability

Juxtaposition of evil

Opulence and austerity

The dexterity of our demise

We have done it all

All that can be done under the sun and the moon

We have swindled the people’s monies

We have corrupted the government

We understand there are no second chances in life

So today we mark our first chance to make things better

To repay the under-paid

To increase wages

Improve social services

Revive the economy

And sky-rocket into oblivion tension

We know of the unwarranted arrests

The misuse of land and water resources

During our tenures as leaders

I speak out on behalf of us

We will address the issue of child drop outs

The issue of children on the street

We can only hope for a better tomorrow

And work collective toward our goal”



“Peaceful elections are possible

Free and fair elections are possible

Democratic rule and administration of government

Are possible

The meeting of more than one mind brings different thought

The meeting of senate and parliament brings different thought

Under this recent Referendum

There was extensive monitoring and investigating

Under this new Constitution

One can only hope for the better

I speak only to give reassurance

There will be harmony

I speak only on behalf of the masses

There will be tranquillity

I speak only to clarify issues

There will be less debate and more rebate

Indeed there will be

For many have been short-changed

I speak to help those with querying issues

Not only for today but also tomorrow

There is a new breed of leaders

There is a new breed of elders

There is a new breed of political thinkers

Global change makers

The youth are inspiring and encouraging

And I’m rallying and fighting for them

The women are authoritative and fighting

And I’ve hurt and I’m running with them

The structures and candidates for leadership are there

I speak for the interest of others

That better days are ahead

The wind has blown

And we have lost our toil

We have ploughed and worked hard the soil

Seen our faces green

And our produce red

But today we plant a new seed

And wait in expectancy

To see a better local government

To see better state governance

See in place effective and efficient legislation

Interwoven for the betterment of mankind

To tell of a story

Of how we were our own people

But are now a people

I’m voting for women and youth

And not myself” 




“Your Excellencies

Your Majesties

 Heads of State and Government

Members of Parliament



Civic Ward Leaders

 Distinguished Delegates

 Ladies and Gentlemen

Our nation has been at war

Our nation is at war

We are fighting a battle of ideals and principles

Fighting for equality, liberty, justice and solidarity

Should we be fighting?

When shall the fighting stop

Today I call a cease-fire

Indeed there is racism and discrimination

Lack of capacity building

Social innovation projects

Our mirror is tainted with blood

The establishment has become corrupt

It has been said before

We have seen the corruption

The exclusion

The gap between the wealthy and the rich

The rich and the poor

This our election is a new start

Recognising our weakness and gathering our strengths

For technological advancement

Social enterprise

And professional development

To restore peace and democracy

To effectively rule and govern

Bridge the gap

And unit under one voice

Different people, from different backgrounds

For a one definitive reason Progress

I take full responsibility

For the lack of service delivery

I take full responsibility for war against your Human Rights

I take full responsibility for the deaths and loss of life of fellow citizens

My brothers and sisters

We as decision makers

Policy implementers have failed our mandate

We have wrestled each other

And washed our under-wear in the streets

From today we pledge to challenge any incompetent person in government

To have research projects and advocacy

To attend to our homes and constituencies

Crop out shrewd politicians

Doctors, lawyers, mayors

To map the way for the future

To influence a greater change

Relay positive information

To march toward our goal

Condone drunken driving

Stop child alcoholism

Treat malnourishment

Become better positioned

More philanthropic

Encourage peace

Stop tribal racism

Tribal war

Investigate into our future and

Revise or policies

And unite under one motto


Together we pull through”


© 2013 Prince Tatenda Kanokanga



About the Author Prince Tatenda Kanokanga

Prince Kanokanga is an industriously broad-minded and exciting young gentleman from Harare, Zimbabwe. Prince is a Public Speaker, a Youth Chairman, and a church Deacon. Prince as he is affectionately known has been expressing himself and finding his voice through poetry and article writing since is high school days at Prince Edward, Harare, Zimbabwe. Prince is a Client Relationship Manager for Smart Deals (Private) Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe. Prince’s various travels and friends have shaped his writing, his personal experiences, literature, song and dance have had a profound impact and impregnated his writing with “out of this world quotes and sayings”. Prince has sat with several economic, social and political giants and this has widened his sturdy imaginative and analytic skills. He is currently studying, toward his undergraduate law degree with the University of South Africa. Prince has a great understanding of Politics, he is said to once have quoted such a profound statement, “If politics is a sullied fixture, why do we entrust architectural liars with our hopes and dreams for a better future.”