Platforms and I’m not talking about the shoes,
I’m writing about the people speaking who don’t have a clue

Platforms that were built on my L4 and L5,
giving me chronic back pain from all the verbal jive

Let’s expand on this privilege, the subject at hand,
this platform of yours where you make your grandstand

So absorbed in your spot that you place others in the dark,
never even a thought to appreciate their written art

What is an effort if not the effort to simply write,
judgmental of creativity where comes your insight

In the sixteen-hundreds, the rave was the selling of slaves,
all carried out on high from the platforms that was raised

A jumble of words is all that we saw,
yet 3/5ths of a man was written constitutional law

Words are intentions behind inventions
so next time you’re on that platform…

before I was
and after I am…


  1. JK,
    I really like the rhythm of your poem. I was especially touched by the line “giving me chronic back pain from all the verbal jive.” Please write more poems!

  2. Wow. This is an incredible piece of writing. One of the most powerful and raw things that I have read in a long time. You are incredibly talented

  3. This is such a beautiful, well-written poem! I thought the wording and rhyme scheme were really clever.

  4. This is a fantastic poem! You have an incredible voice and deeply important things to say. I love how you set up a structure in the beginning of the poem only to turn it on its head at the end. Your historical allusions ground the work in a larger reality, yet you make it deeply personal. I hope to read more from you some day 🙂

  5. Simone Charles says

    This poem has a really great way of handling the subject of power, and how the few have power over the many. Nice work.

  6. Jonah Thompson says

    This poem handles the subject of power, and how a few with power can ruin the lives of the less fortunate, in a really eloquent manner. Nice work.

  7. JK, this is an important message here……your words have incredible value…… justice should always prevail, but does it? You tie in images with history with a profound ability. TRUTH!!!

  8. Kimberlie Hogan says

    I loved the message and the way you so clearly articulated oppression. The very last two lines confused me but overall the poem was powerful.

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