"I Will Not Be Optimistic"

Danielle Kotrla

Let’s be figurative

And say that the world

Hasn’t gone to shit.

I will not hold a torch

To your throat

And thrive on the fear radiating from the flame.

Do not ask me

To quiet my voice

In order to make yours stand out from the crowd.

This world of ours, burning

Its love to the ground,

Is not one I will hold fondly in the memory of history.

I will not stand for your right

To pen hatred into laws

And erase the hearts of those who are not your own.

Let’s be figurative once more

And say that the world

Can be something greater

Than this.

Poetry arrangement by Danielle Kotrla