All poetic form is political.

The sonnet’s agenda is to confine

the writer to aesthetics: critical

exemption in meticulous design.

This strict structure lends to language floral–

devises “truths” to fit the form. Discern

the smothered urgency NOW, since moral

trust takes experiment and time to turn.

I will escape meter woven tightly–

let ethics argue democratically

(colonial echoes written lightly

still condone oppressive authority).

From candid thought all discourse does coerce;

refinement’s fundamentally in verse.





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