By Cheryl Rice
Sign here to let them know--
Sign here to stop--
Sign here to prevent, to end, to sound the alarm—
Internet petitions, good as the paper they’re not printed on,
evaporate in a wisp of good intentions,
collect up names and zip codes
for virtual roundups,
evaporate into the outer stratosphere
their intended targets
proceeding as usual
their paths unchanged.
Cheryl A. Rice is founder and host of the now-defunct “Sylvia Plath Bake-Off.” Rice's work has appeared in Baltimore Review, Florida Review, Home Planet News, Mangrove, The Temple, and Woodstock Times, among others. Chapbooks include Llama Love (2017: Flying Monkey Press), Moses Parts the Tulips (2013: APD Press), and My Minnesota Boyhood (2012: Post Traumatic Press). Her RANDOM WRITING workshops are held throughout the Hudson Valley. Her poetry blog is at: http://flyingmonkeyprods.blogspot.com/.