Poetry No. 26 – Mark Schmidt

By Mark Schmidt

Take a cloth, preferably coarse
Tie it around your eyes
Hear a dissenting opinion, and you will cry
——Let it soak through
——Until it’s bright blue
Hang it up outside

Tear it off the clothesline and stomp on it
——Leave it there
——Forget about it for one week

Find it and stuff it with raw meat
Set one corner ablaze and throw this at a wall
——Forget it for one more week

Find your beloved cloth
——(The one you hunger for)
Shove what remains in your barren mouth
——Taste your party’s sweet ash in each fold
——Smile as your cheeks swarm with maggots

You did this
——Without thinking, you did this
——You didn’t notice the stench
————Rancid and diametric

You, who
——Speak through the rags
——Bark through them


Mark Schmidt is an undergraduate student currently pursuing a double major in English and Computer Science at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. When asked why this combination, Mark usually rolls his eyes. He has work published in Concordia’s annual poetry journal, “Potpourri.” When not writing poetry, he enjoys teaching himself songs on the guitar or the drums.

Poet’s Note: “In our time it is broadly true that political writing is bad writing. Where it is not true, it will generally be found that the writer is some kind of rebel, expressing his private opinions and not a ‘party line’. Orthodoxy, of whatever colour, seems to demand a lifeless, imitative style.” – George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language”


Photo by Gessy Alvarez.