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End this War

For the 10 year anniversary of the first Split This Rock Poetry Festival.

A decade ago
Heidi and I stood with protest signs
declaring this war
with collective action and snippets
of verse on posterboard and sticks
our arms were tired
we were tired

My students have never lived
in this country at peace
they were born in conflict
absorbed war in their bones until
violence was as routine as breath

And the street sign in Austin
has been graffitied
the war
and the tanks are tired
and the Jeeps keep rolling through

Not hearing the poems
Not seeing the children

Originally published in
Aji Magazine in 2020.

Rae Rozman is a middle school counselor in Austin, Texas. As a femme
dyke, her personal is always political, but she believes in poetry as a
platform to discuss social issues and bring about change. Her work,
which often explores themes of queer love (romantic and platonic), brain
injury, and education, has been featured in several literary magazines
and anthologies. You can find her sharing poems, book reviews, and
entirely too many pictures of her two rescue rabbits on Instagram

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Previously published in Eleventh Transmission:
"Nothing" by Wilda Morris.

Published March 26, 2020

Special Project: 45 Poems of Protest

End This War

by Rae Rozman
(Austin, Texas, USA)
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