birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Straw Fascist

Explain to me, if you will, how my push
against single-use plastic warrants ambush
of being called "straw fascist." Boy, that stung.
I know intention was to raise my unsprung

empathy for the white nationalists,
but false equivalence is a thing cussed.
By the bye, I am already open
enough to, guess what?, know that you do mean

to make me wretched and not teach me up.
Sometimes egos find, aim, and take their shot.
Go ahead, you may call me snowflake, but
I know a bit about unfair: a life made up

of devoted singleness, being old,
being fat, a woman head of household.

It's Just a Dream

Root of All