In my March 8th post, Poetry News and Notes, I mentioned that I took second place in the NCPS annual competition, Bruce Lader Poetry of Witness category (current events). Now that the annual anthology of winning poems, Pinesong, has been published, I am free to share the poem here on my blog.
Assume the Position
First position: stand in line
Learn this in kindergarten. Do it to death.
Try not to do it in a police station.
Second position: hands in the air
Use one hand if you’re a student.
Use two if you’re in front of a gun.
Third position: head between your knees
Essential for turbulent flights and hangovers.
It may also be necessary in hostage crises.
Fourth position: kneel
Do this to propose, or protest police brutality.
Do not do this on someone’s neck.
Fifth position: bend over
Touch your toes for a light stretch.
Take a deep breath for the strip search.
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