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Posted on January 27, 2017 by Christine Crosby in Emer Martin, poetry, Resist

Winner of January Poetry Contest: Resist

By Emer Martin


What have we done?

We fear

a ludicrous man—

a liar

barking insults

deafening dreams,

his tiny heart squeezed dry,

a blind crafty rat stumbling a maze

of hate,

his empty eyes shining

with avarice.

What will happen now?

We have spent 300 years

yoked to their

industry, waving their

fake flags, murdering each other

for their markets and resources.

Until the earth can barely hold

onto us



Is there a choice?

We cannot keep marching

through the trauma of their




Corporations crowned as nations.

We can no longer lie in their

trenches, clutching their

weapons, buying their

crap, hating our-


fighting each other.


To thrive

To survive

To exist


The old earth

is hot flashing

messages of truth,

with hurricane breath

and glacial tears

raising the oceans.

We took too much from her.

Then gave it

to so few.


the deceiver in the penthouse suite:

We can topple him

with the truth.

For we have been loved

by life.

And we

have loved

those born outside

their walls, in the shadows

of their towers.


this thug and his grotesque parade

of devouring henchmen.


and chase them out of history,

For they do not know

how much we can love each other.

They cannot imagine

how we feel the earth

speaking from inside us.

They cannot fathom

how much we learn

from the streets.

Those who rule us

do not know our love.

But they will feel the full force of it now.


Feature Image by Ashling McKeever

The poem, Resist appeared in The Wild Word magazine www.thewildword.com


Emer Martin is an Irish novelist, painter and filmmaker who has also lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and the United States. Her first novel, Breakfast in Babylon won Book of the Year at the 1996 Listowel Writers’ Week. More Bread Or I’ll Appear, her second novel, was published internationally in 1999. Baby Zero was published in March 2007 and released internationally through the publishing co-operative Rawmeash based in the Bay Area California. Why is the Moon following Me? is her first children’s book.resist

She studied painting in New York and graduated from the Thomas Hunter Honors Program of Hunter College as class valedictorian in January 1998. She had two sell-out solo shows of her paintings at the Origin Gallery in Harcourt St, Dublin. She recently completed her third short film Unaccompanied. She produced Irvine Welsh’s directorial debut NUTS in 2007.She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000.

resistHer new children’s book The Pooka was released in 2016. Her fourth novel The Cruelty Men will be released in Ireland and the UK in 2017.  She now lives in Palo Alto, California.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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