Sign Now

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,

paper pogroms--

Internet petitions

evaporate into the outer stratosphere

their intended targets

proceeding as usual

their paths unchanged.

CAR 2/22/18


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: