There are things terror is, and There are things it isn't. Terror is rage-filled, unrest. It is injustice That sometimes stems from the same. Terror is unchecked power, for certain. It is every emotion inspired by its name. Terror is busy and conniving, Appealing its case to both young and old, Knowing if it's not persistent, It may not make its way in the world. But terror isn't always what we're Told; it's not always grandiose Displays of power. Sometimes, terror simply Whispers bitter somethings In the ears of the once democratically-elected.
Introduction to Pacifism
The exigency of humanity Is met in ignoring the opportunity To elect peace Over war, Even as we acknowledge Embracing such a choice is espoused to valor. There is action In inaction— Particularly in death. If we first meet peace in the pacifist's demise, we risk losing Humanity’s only trait Ever worthy of defending.
The Great Charade
Have parents always Lied to protect their young? Dirt mounds And burial grounds Expect nothing more than Earthen peace. But we seek abundance, Rather than relief From falsehoods About the nature of it all. When will we stop pretending The world isn't ending?
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…is an internationally published American poet. Her books Vision, and Other Things We Hide From (Potter’s Grove Press), and Keeping Afloat (JC STUDIO Press), have earned 5-star reviews. In 2021, Terrell received First Honorable Mention in the “Anita McAndrews Poets for Human Rights Awards” organized by Poets Without Borders. Her newest collection, Simplicity, and Other Things We Overcomplicate is currently available for pre-order.