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Monday, January 06, 2020


by James Schwartz 

Amish delegation visits White House on December 20, 2019.

No, the televisions, radios, cars, 
Are not for Our People.

No, the televisions, radios, cars, 
Are the Ways of the World.

No, Amish don't enlist: conscientious objectors,
Christ commands to turn our cheek.

Yes, they cheer at his rallies,
About building walls,

No, My People,
Are lost to the Ways of the World.

Yes, the World is a battlefield.
Not for me. 


James Schwartz is a poet, writer,  slam performer & author of 5 poetry collections including The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America. Twitter @queeraspoetry