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I See Fire in the Distance

There has been this emergence, or a re-emergence to some, of far-right nationalism on a global scale. Ideas that a decade ago would’ve been thought unfathomable, suddenly gaining a new degree of validity in political circles. Globalization, world peace and liberal democracy, all facing a bizarre rejection at an alarming rate. It is as if a document outlining an ideal world was just thrown away and set on fire. This poem tries to convey this fear of losing a good future.

 

I see fire in the distance.

The fumes of industrial rage

thundering across blank pages

left that way because we did

not care to share our thoughts.

 

I see fire in the distance.

White light shining through

Nebulous fog, a frightful

sight blocking all enlightenment

and shutting down all knowledge.

 

I see fire in the distance.

The mechanized military money

machine keeps dreams

heartfelt-free, a need

to nurture nation alone.

 

I see fire in the distance.

Where red banners blast

crooked masts on once

green lawns, the dawn of

democracy’s end draws near.

 

I see fire in the distance.

Bloodstained posts posted

past prominent safe places,

a subtle-but-not reminder of

relationships deemed wrong.

 

I see fire in the distance,

one whose flames come

not from foreign foes,

but from tyrants at home;

and with this land, I burn.

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Emma is a 15-year-old trans writer and illustrator from Edgewood, Maryland. She writes for her school's literary magazine and does art on commission. Much of her work is aimed towards pushing forth the message of social justice and ensuring equality and understanding for all people. She also very much enjoys cats.

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