THE WARTIME ISSUE

Esther Iverem

 

BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE HAIKU

Maybe we can make
a world where the boys will have
a wider choice than

to entertain us,
die for us, lie for us, or
kill another boy.

 

MOM HAIKU

Sorry. Can’t just wait
on Jesus. I have to fight
here, right now. Love you.

 

 

Esther Iverem is a journalist, author and poet. Her reviews regularly appear on SeeingBlack.com, a web site she founded in 2001 for the dissemination of reviews, news and commentary from a Black perspective. Her second collection of poems, from which these poems are taken, is Living in Babylon (2006, Africa World Press). She is a former staff writer for The Washington Post, New York Newsday and The New York Times, and is a contributing critic for BET.com and Pacifica Radio. Her poem, “What Do You Believe In?” was broadcast internationally as part of the October 2003 March on Washington on the National Mall. She is the recipient of a National Arts Journalism Fellowship and an artist’s fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Published in Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2006.

 

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