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Like sloppy graffiti,

The ugliness of violence
Keeps “defacing”
The walls of our town–

The scarlet red
Of bloodshed
Too often being found,

A  once beautiful
Mighty image–


Inscribing it with
An indelible ink permanence,


History won’t soon forget





I don’t know how to rescue you
From the deep valleys of desolation
And frustration,
Of foreign landscapes
Of once familiar things,
Misplaced names
And faces–
How do I restore
Your joy?
Give you back your footing,
Your smile,
Or provide the safety net
That you need
But won’t most times mention?
I wish that I could make you feel safe, whole
Help you put back the missing pieces
To your life’s puzzle,

But for now,
All I can do,

Is love you



JENNIFER BROWN BANKS is the founder and president of Poets United to Advance the Arts, a community-based arts organization in Illinois. Over the years, she has maintained an array of creative roles–poet, editor, entrepreneur, instructor, freelance writer, award-winning blogger and branding expert (to name a few).

Jennifer’s award-winning poetry has been featured in numerous print and online publications which include: Poetic Voices, Chicken Bones, Being Single Magazine, Rolling Out, and Curbside Splendor. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies as well. Banks is the author of five books of verse on life, love and lessons in between. She is a contributing author to “The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook,” published by Adams Media, 2016.

When she’s not busy @ the keyboard, she loves being creative in the kitchen.

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