Poetry Come, Revolution Calls

Poetry: Come, Revolution Calls

The nightmare of Europe soon to be dead.


This poem is a recipient of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards with an Honorable Mention. Inspired by my AP European History course, I wanted to illustrate the power of the people and convey the nationalistic fervor that changed Eastern Europe forever. Never forget.

paris, france: june 18, 1815

the nightmare of europe put to rest at last,

eyes closed, the mass of writhing foreign soldiers

lay siege under parisian pride, a conquest neverending

through winter storm and mountain cliffs,

the spirit surged on relentless

yet, corsican blood now hidden away: dome des invalides

the final strike of waterloo felled the noble man

vienna, austria: september 16, 1815

a peace conference

—hopeful restoration of order places balance of power on the throne

crafted by tradition, a work of the conservative mind against warfare

forevermore was the resistant reign of the monarch, pope, and tyrant

arms of central europe raise in unity against total domination

collective security now an unspoken agreement:

thus ensues the congress of vienna

a result: the cough of france contained, so it seemed

the hapsburg empire lies dormant, a multi-ethnic kingdom

holy rule forevermore

buda, hungary: march 21, 1848

however, the cold spreads, a revolutionary plague

—into eastern european satellite states

the minds of intellectuals swim with fervor,

frustration among the public lurk silently under watchful eyes

boiling over onto the chains of restricted rights

us youths, us hungarians— the hunters in the dark of night

prey upon this new concert of europe

under foreign rule,

we revolt, a premonition

—to expel the conservative force

we fall, a critical defeat.

aided with the soviets and their darkened hearts,

crushed was the premature uprising,

now subjected to a century of fear.


moscow, russia: april 3, 1944

the transition of power now complete: all hail stalin's rule

secret police outlaws opposition,

eliminated: conservatives, liberals, radicalists, anarchists

in the gulags hidden among the mountains,

lie the bones of traitors against the regime

thus, citizens of russia considered homogeneous:

the nuts and bolts of the industrial dictator

unsatisfied, communist veins claw into hungary

and the map runs scarlet red: russians commence!

budapest, hungary: november 2, 1956

rise, magyars, independence is near!

must we bear to endure the lost identity of our people any longer?

must we bear to waste away under the weight of communist solitude for yet another day?

the hungarian spirit flutters at last

seize the means of opportune rebellion and

rise, independence is near!

gather upon arms, students and farmers alike

crowded into public squares, common houses, universities,

brews the beginning of a new era

they tried to stop us, the russian secret police

threatened our people with guns and tanks and gas

but the moment of futility and humiliation had passed,

freedom over fear

and thus, on this very morning

from the ashes of communism in hungary—

I saw the resurrection of a nation long gone,

once chained to the almighty hammer and sickle:

a victorious assent to liberation.


I saw youths, like me,

give up the dusted pages of gold in their studies

for torches, helmets, and suits in the streets

enemies of censorship, enemies of socialism,

a generation of liberal ideas calls for equality to all.


I saw workers, appendages of industrial machines

cease to follow the laws of production

doctors, lawyers, professors

rush to save the beating heart of nationalism

bankers, farmers, entrepreneurs

shatter the glass ceiling of russian domination


I saw women— some teachers, others artists —

run the cobblestones with popular excitement,

anticipating the end of soviet yoke that cursed the spirit of budapest:

a girl, thirteen, raises the flag of freedom: green, red, white

an aunt, sixty seven, sets fire to a russian tank


I saw men— dressed in trenches—

hurl soviet books into the rages of fire

that littered the streets like shards of broken glass;

cut down the communist emblem strewn with blood,

soiled with gasoline into the fiery pits of hell


I saw change, a nation reborn.

november 3, 1956

for four days, hungary was free

tens of thousands before parliament square

—women and men, old and young—

praise the purified coat-of-arms


no hungarian could ever forget this day

freedom of speech, freedom of the press

revision of cultural superiority and pride

complete security of economic trade

blatent transparency of a new congress

restoration of hungarian tradition, the tricolor emblem

long live the founding fathers: kossuth and imre nagy

november 4, 1956

the russians returned.

fleets of two hundred thousand, showering our heads with bullets and shrapnel;

bomber squads of endless waves, corrupted with bloodlust, blow apart our only homes

stalin reigns once again.

now, with tears in our eyes, we vowed to our fallen flag


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I Might Have Aborted My Fetus When I Was 18, But Looking Back, I Saved A Child’s Life

It may have been one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't had done it.


Due to recent political strife happening in the world today, I have decided to write on a very touchy, difficult subject for me that only a handful of people truly know.

When I was 18 years old, I had an abortion.

I was fresh out of high school, and deferring college for a year or two — I wanted to get all of my immature fun out so I was prepared to focus and work in the future. I was going through my hardcore party stage, and I had a boyfriend at the time that truly was a work of art (I mean truly).

Needless to say, I was extremely misinformed on sex education, and I never really thought it could happen to me. I actually thought I was invincible to getting pregnant, and it never really registered to me that if I had unprotected sex, I could actually get pregnant (I was 18, I never said I was smart).

I remember being at my desk job and for weeks, I just felt so nauseous and overly tired. I was late for my period, but it never really registered to me something could be wrong besides just getting the flu — it was November, which is the peak of flu season.

The first person I told was my best friend, and she came with me to get three pregnancy tests at Target. The first one came negative, however, the second two came positive.

I truly believe this was when my anxiety disorder started because I haven't been the same ever since.

Growing up in a conservative, Catholic Italian household, teen pregnancy and especially abortion is 150% frowned upon. So when I went to Planned Parenthood and got the actual lab test done that came out positive, I was heartbroken.

I felt like I was stuck between two roads: Follow how I was raised and have the child, or terminate it and ultimately save myself AND the child from a hard future.

My boyfriend at the time and I were beyond not ready. That same week, I found out he had cheated on me with his ex and finances weren't looking so great, and I was starting to go through the hardest depression of my life. Because of our relationship, I had lost so many friends and family, that I was left to decide the fate of both myself and this fetus. I could barely take care of myself — I was drinking, overcoming drug addictions, slightly suicidal and living with a man who didn't love me.

As selfish as you may think this was, I terminated the fetus and had the abortion.

I knew that if I had the child, I would be continuing the cycle in which my family has created. My goal since I was young was to break the cycle and breakaway from the toxicity in how generations of children in my family were raised. If I had this child, I can assure you my life would be far from how it is now.

If I had carried to term, I would have had a six-year old, and God knows where I would've been.

Now, I am fulfilling my future by getting a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, having several student leadership roles, and looking into law schools for the future.

Although it still haunts me, and the thought of having another abortion truly upsets me, it was the best thing to ever happen to me. I get asked constantly "Do you think it's just to kill a valuable future of a child?" and my response to that is this:

It's in the hands of the woman. She is giving away her valuable future to an unwanted pregnancy, which then resentment could cause horror to both the child and the woman.

As horrible as it was for me in my personal experience, I would not be where I am today: a strong woman, who had overcome addiction, her partying stage, and ultimately got her life in order. If I would have had the child, I can assure you that I would have followed the footsteps of my own childhood, and the child would not have had an easy life.

Because of this, I saved both my life and the child's life.

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Abortion Bans Are Only A Small Part Of The Republican War On Women

These bans expose the Republican Party for what it truly is.


This week, several states passed laws that ban abortion after six to eight weeks of pregnancy, before most women even know that they're pregnant. The most egregious of these is Alabama — the state has banned abortion except for in cases of danger to the mother. Exceptions in the cases of rape and incest were actively voted against by the state legislature. Under the new law, any doctor who is caught giving an abortion would be sentenced to 99 years in prison, and the woman would be charged with murder.

Apart from the fact that this explicitly violates the decision of Roe v. Wade (which is the point), this is only a small part of the slow but steady degradation of women's rights by Republicans in the United States. To anyone who believes that this is simply about people being "pro-life" or "saving the children," then tell them to look at what happens after the fetus is carried to term.

Republicans oppose forcing fathers to be involved in the lives of their children that were forcibly carried to term, desires to cut food stamps and make it more difficult to feed said child, cut funding for affordable housing to make it more difficult for them to find homes, cut spending to public education so these children can't move up the social ladder, and refuse to offer the woman or her child health insurance to keep them both healthy. What about efforts to prevent pregnancy? Republicans also oppose funding birth control and contraception, as well as opposing comprehensive sexual education. To them, the only feasible solution is to simply keep your legs shut. They oppose all of these things because it is, in their eyes, a violation of individual rights to force people to do something. The bill also makes women who get abortions felons, and felons can't vote. I'll let you finish putting those two together.

If you view it from this framework, it would seem like Republicans are being extremely hypocritical by violating the personal freedoms of pregnant women, but if you look at it from the view of restricting social mobility for women, then it makes perfect sense. The Republican dogma of "individual rights" and "personal responsibility" is a socially acceptable facade that they use to cover up their true intentions of protecting the status quo and protect those in power. About any Republican policy, ask yourself: does this disperse power or consolidate it? Whether it be education, healthcare, the environment, or the economy, Republicans love to keep power away from the average citizen and give it to the small number of people that they deem "deserving" of it because of their race, gender, wealth, or power. This is the case with abortion as well; Power is being taken from women, and being given back to men in a reversal of the Feminist Movement of the 1970s.

Republicans don't believe in systemic issues. They believe that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed regardless of what point they started. This is why they love capitalism so much. It acts as some sort of great filter in which only those who deserve power can make it to the top. It's also why they hate social policies; they think that helping people who can't help themselves changes the hierarchy in a negative way by giving people who don't "deserve" power, power. Of course, we know that just because you have money and power doesn't mean you earned it fair and square, and even if Republicans believe it, it wouldn't change anything because it wouldn't change how they want to distribute power.

In short, Republican policies, including abortion, leave the average American with less money, less protection, less education, worse health, less opportunity, fewer rights, and less freedom. This is NOT a side effect. This is the point. Regardless of what Republicans will tell you about "inalienable rights" and how everyone is equal, in reality, they believe that some people and groups are more deserving of rights than others, and the group that deserves rights the most are the ones "that will do the best with them." To Republicans, this group consists of the wealthy, the powerful, and the white — the mega-rich, the CEOs of large companies, gun owners and Christians.

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