This Fascist Tide – #poetry #protest #dVerse

Can we stem this Fascist tide?
Weathered faces dimmed with pride
stand as one
united in hatred:
‘We shall overcome,’
words we once said
when we believed that we could make a difference.

Can we swim this Fascist tide?
It’s crashed into the US and Brazil tsunami-like,
All-but submerged the once-United Kingdom,
And now bursts its banks all over Central Europe.
Can we swim this tide
and make it over to the other side alive?
Or is it simply over?

Can we turn this Fascist tide?
Sure, we should rage against it, raise our hands
gunless, pacific, in protest.
This is my call to arms, to you:
Do what you have to do, while
I stand at the shore
Canute-like, foolish
thinking that my words
can make a difference.

Tonight, Grace at dVerse called for a protest poem. So here’s one I prepared earlier. Some writers choose to be conscientiously apolitical. But I believe this is the luxury of writers who live in an era of moderate politics. Unfortunately at the present time, politics have become so ugly that I cannot simply sit on the sidelines and pretend it’s all ok. So I add my voice to the many timely songs of protest.

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  1. I fear the fascist tide, the calls for simple solutions, the calls for law and order by a lawless man, the calls for hangings, the calls for guns. I don’t know what arms to use, but I think we should be able to talk about it.

  2. Good one, Ingrid. The first true protest poem I’ve read this evening. There have been several calls in the UK to stand up to fascism starting in the East End preventing Oswald Mosley and his mob marching through the Jewish area. There was the Anti-Nazi League in the 1970s (I still have the badge) and again in the 90s and it looks as though you need another reminder. I’m pleased to read your words, it’s a moral duty to speak out when you can see what the consequences will be otherwise.

    1. Yes – imagine if no-one had spoken out against Hitler but decided to sit on the sidelines. I agree with what you said in your poem as well: we should defend the defenceless, not the indefensible.

  3. Wow! This poem packs a punch and gives voice to so many truths and concerns. This is especially hard hitting; “Can we swim this tide and make it over to the other side alive? Or is it simply over?”

  4. You are asking hard questions that none can answer.
    “Can we swim this tide
    and make it over to the other side alive?
    Or is it simply over?”
    It feels like we are at the edge of a precipice right now. The upcoming US election has my stomach churning in anxiety.

  5. I applaud your words, striking like fists on Fascism. Even Bush and Chaney employed, but Trump has refined, retooled, and extolled it. Covid-19 spares Trump, what an evil irony is that.

  6. This is a powerful call and one that connects with my youthful self, protesting in the streets. I specially like this part:

    Can we turn this Fascist tide?
    Sure, we should rage against it, raise our hands
    gunless, pacific, in protest.
    This is my call to arms, to you:
    Do what you have to do

    Ingrid, thanks for sharing and being so enthusiatic about our writing challenges.

    1. You’re very welcome: thank you for your kind words. I’ve never been to a protest, not even as a student. I guess I’m just an armchair protester, for now…

  7. Like every protestor before you , you raise your hands in protest even though it may or may not make a difference.
    Your heartfelt plea rings true all the way through your poem.
    Well done.

  8. Wow, Ingrid.. this is so wonderful and I shall stand by your side and raise my voice with you. A fruitless endevour or not I’ve got your back, you mine and we shall hopefully change this fascist tide. Awesome job!!! ❤️ Cindy

  9. Ingrid, we have lengthy discussions about this topic at our house. This is a wonderful heartfelt poem and warns us that Fascism is a worldwide problem! Right wing extremist groups have been identified as posing the greatest threat of violence in the US. Thank you for raising awareness about this worldwide problem. <3 Cheryl

  10. Your protest poem is truly powerful, Ingrid; the repetition and rhythm give it a solid backbone to carry the message. I particularly admire the way you built up the ‘Fascist tide’ throughout the poem and ended with:
    ‘I stand at the shore
    Canute-like, foolish
    thinking that my words
    can make a difference.’
    I know the feeling.

  11. a powerful worthy protest, I see you effectively used repetition also!

    if each of us do whatever we can I do believe that each drop/contribution can become a waterfall … we never know who might read our words and the impact that can have!

  12. Sadly, this applies to many historical lessons we never seen to learn from. Thank you for you inspiring words. As an American I think we need more words of support…

  13. Thank you Ingrid for these powerful words. We need these to combat the fascist wave, and the wave of fear some of us feel during these tumultuous times.

  14. I read a very emblematic book that somehow “tells” how Nazism gained narrative among the population: Caging skies, written by Christine Leunens. I think the big problem today is the lack of great leadership that can lead us down better paths. lacks more strength in our narrative to reach more and more people who disagree with what is happening. and yes, every voice, like yours, builds the narrative I mean. conscience asks that we can continue and transform to the better our place.

    1. I think the atmosphere at the present time is very worrying. You’re right that there are many good people but very few good leaders. And some terrible and dangerous but sadly influential leaders. I still believe that we can do better!

  15. As I commented to Sanaa — I fear it will take far more than words to stem this worldwide. But at my age, I am too tired and ill to offer more than words. But like you Ingrid, I will hurl my words of dissent and protest, like a rallying cry in hopes they inspire the action I cannot physically provide.

  16. My father fought against these same criminals in World War II in Europe. He survived but he saw what happens when Fascists and the poison they spew and vomit onto the world become the way of life. He saw what can happen when society allows cruelty and barbarism to become law. He saw. He also lived to tell me what he saw and instilled in me the rage against the evil and brutality that is inherent in the wave of Fascism that once again rises again to threaten us all. We MUST stand up even though we may be knocked down. We MUST raise our hands even if our arms are broken, we MUST RISE even when we can’t anymore. Only we, as ONE and saying NOT AGAIN will we beat back this darkness. Let our tide collide with theirs. Let our wave swallow theirs. Let our passion, will and voices ALWAYS be afire!

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