All posts by Allison Burke

Allison Burke is an international bestselling author of seven literary works, including The Sandman, proceeds of which are donated to the AFSP. She also writes for Geeks Unleashed and manages In the Clouds Independent Publishers.

Wherever There Are Walls – Create Windows

by Marie Scampini

A violation of more human rights
deplorable
and makes no sense
as a light rain
turns to waterboarding
in my brain
in my chest

We cannot say this madness
was undetected
a horror movie
a reality show
that we are all paying for
and will pay more
with more bloodshed
if these bans aren’t reversed
I fear for all lives everywhere
No one is safe
Nowhere is safe
No place is home

Do we only become human
with a Trump-approved passport?!
NO!

We shouldn’t have to
beg borrow steal
our basic human rights back
from a man who is a knee jerk reactionary
not a newfangled leader
but a builder of crafted illusions
of grandeur

Perhaps we need
a ripped warrior
who might guest star
in Game of Thrones
instead

Why aren’t there any laws
that allow us to impeach
a man for inciting more violence
and inhumanity
in the name
and in the land
we used to call
the land of the free?!

We need unity now
hands across the borders
Wherever there are walls
with only cracks
Imagine
a tapestry reflected off the moon
of millions of windows and doors
so many
we are blinded by the brilliance
of their light that floods in
a perfectly framed portrait of peace

Marie Scampini is a published poet, playwright, short story writer, currently working on a poetry collection and project – 1775 Poems in 1775 Days, to save her life every day, on a page, and in this world, fighting for justice and equality, living out loud, louder than ever

Sombra

by Stephen Hardman

The modern drug war is often traced back to 1971 and US President Richard Nixon’s declaration to wage a “new all-out offensive” aimed at defeating America’s “public enemy number one” – drug abuse. Initially the policies focused on funding treatment programs aimed at tackling the demand for drugs. Nixon stated that efforts of interdiction and eradication would be destined to fail. Two years later he forgot his own words when the US launched a massive interdiction effort in Mexico, creating the DEA in the process. Since then the US has been fighting a war which many people believe cannot be won, at least not in a traditional sense.

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Her Jacket

by Allie Burke

Usually women with schizophrenia are diagnosed in their twenties. The same went for me, but my symptoms started around 3 years years old. I just didn’t know it at the time. Most children have monsters in their closets or under their beds, and as I got older, I figured it had to do with that, even if they were still there. Humans—we’re such odd creatures. Always looking for the excuse that makes us normal.

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