Let’s not go running to the bureaucrats.
Let’s not shake fists at our helplessness.

Lend your muscles to the saw,
open fences,
look into your neighbor’s eyes,
wave, Hello.



Carla Schwartz’s poems have appeared in Aurorean, ArLiJo, Fourth River, Fulcrum, Bluefifth, Common Ground, Cactus Heart, Gyroscope, Mom Egg, Switched-on Gutenberg, Gyroscope, Naugatuck River, Solstice, SHARKPACK,  and Ibbetson Street. Find her book, Mother, One More Thing on Her second book of poems is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Her CB99videos youtube channel has 1,000,000+ views. Learn more at, or