Poems & Essays

17 Jul

A Poem to Save Us

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When you were small
I wondered what they all do:
“What if she never grew another inch?”
Would she be a petite Emily Dickinson
with a large vision constrained
by her small world or
from below reach further,
striving for more.
I’ve dreamed a World War Z reality
where she’d be overlooked
living long, making the call.
She’d set the world right
blaring her freedom trumpet
like the fireworks exploding on the page
a poem to save us
from ourselves.



Serena M. Agusto-Cox, who was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, has poems published in Dime Show Review, Beginnings Magazine, LYNX, Muse Apprentice Guild, The Harrow, Pedestal Magazine, and other journals. An essay also appears in H.L. Hix’s Made Priceless, as does a Q&A on book marketing through blogs in Midge Raymond’s Everyday Book Marketing. She also runs the book review blog, Savvy Verse & Wit, and founded Poetic Book Tours to help poets market their books. Reach her on Twitter @SavvyVerseWit

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  1. MarthaE

    July 18, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Nice! I like it. It deserves a fireworks display. Mothers do wonder for their children and how lovely to think they might grow up to write poetry… Thanks for sharing.

    • Serena

      July 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks, MarthaE, for visiting the magazine and reading my poem. I am happy to see it published here.

  2. Claudine DiMuzio Pepe

    July 19, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    What a lovely poem, Serena. You are quite talented!

    Thanks for sharing this poem.

    • Serena

      July 21, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and checking it out, Claudine.

  3. Rhapsody in Books

    July 21, 2017 at 10:21 am


  4. Anna

    July 31, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Love this poem. Congrats!

    • Serena

      October 27, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you for stopping by

  5. Luanne

    August 6, 2017 at 4:08 am

    A lovely poem!

    • Serena

      October 27, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you, Luanne


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