Venom, noun: a poisonous substance; extreme malice and bitterness shown in someone's attitudes, speech, or actions.
Wiggle, verb: move with small rapid movements, (wiggle out of) avoid (something)
Distracted, adjective: unable to concentrate because one's mind is preoccupied.
A noun, verb and adjective. Hmm. This almost screams for a poem about today’s college campuses of the United States, doesn’t it? For the internationals who contribute to this website, it refers to current college protests in the U.S. led by wealthy students, a massacre in Kenya in April of college students, and looks back the the 1960s when protests were common. The term “snowflake” is American slang for young, coddled adults who melt under criticism.
Fifty years later.
“Don’t trust anyone over 30!” was the cry of the sixties.
Can’t be too critical of the venom spewing from
From Mizzou, from Yale, from Ithaca,
Solidarity walk outs, sit ins, protests and marches.
Except, they want the opposite of free speech.
No investigation of rumors, just
Fire the president! Remove the faculty!
Especially that creep that gave me a D.
(Don’t be distracted by the cry from Kenya,
Kill the Christians!
Almost 150 killed on campus for that crime.
No wiggle room for these young revolutionaries.)
Our snowflakes at home, deceived who
Shout, raise their fists, then go off
to have a beer with their trust fund money,
Ignoring the blood spilled on the other side
Of the university world.