Serena Agusto Cox

Migraine; ‘America is Dead’: Serena Agusto-Cox


There’s a drummer on my mind
all of the time. Pound for pound,
each boom
behind my eye,
a thunderhead looming.
Clicked sticks,
crack of lightning
through my skies.

this drummer is no talent,
the beat repetitive.
A heartbeat
stress, bills, yelling

every moment
a final notice.

‘America is dead’

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How can a country be dead, if
it was never born?
Ideals of freedom, liberty
were never for every one.

Some were enslaved, told
they couldn’t be free.
Sung coded songs
on a trackless railroad.

Some with children tied to hips
staring out windows, called
to fill vacant jobs in war
refusing to leave, pushed back.

America, the idea
is alive.
It’s survived in you, me,
every dream.

Serena Agusto-Cox, a Suffolk University alum, relies on her editing job to feed her family, but you can find her creative work in The Hill Rag, The Broadkill Review, Modern Creative Life, Dime Show Review, Baseball Bard, Mothers Always Write, Bourgeon, and other journals. An essay also appears in H.L. Hix’s Made Priceless, three poems in the Love_Is_Love: An Anthology for LGBTQIA+ Teens, and a Q&A on book marketing through blogs in Midge Raymond’s Everyday Book Marketing. She also founded the book review blog, Savvy Verse & Wit, and Poetic Book Tours to help poets market their books.