Ladybud Literary

Poem: Humble Cannabis Roots

Poem: Humble Cannabis Roots

Remember your humble cannabis roots Forget all the flashes of light And the pretty photos Drop the attitude behind the titles The glitter of newness Reach back through the centuries Of human toil in the backwoods Of plants reaching sky high Towards their mission of freedom You are a little spec of an atom As […]

Poem: (scarlet) by Anathea Carrick

Poem: (scarlet) by Anathea Carrick

(scarlet) look. really look. that woman in red – she is just an idea – oh my god what a notion. that kind that wakes you up in a sweat in the black of the morning it’s a thought like an addiction the seeds were sown when she picked it from her closet (red) when […]

Self Care is a Community Service

Self Care is a Community Service

As activists, it is sometimes hard to shut off the heart and the mind, as the world is in perpetual motion and chaos. Social media is rife with cynicism, excruciating news and clap backs. Our President-elect is the embodiment of every bully, elitist, predator, and well, a lot more. As such, the compulsion to DO […]

poem: the jailer

poem: the jailer

the text from the jailer says need alcohol so we meet at the bar at the top of the hotel you know he says over his scotch glass they wanted me to drug test my employees so I told them I have absolute trust with my officers if I ask them to piss in a […]

Poem: Civil Disobedience

Poem: Civil Disobedience

Because symbols have power a woman refused to give up her seat, laborers walked 24 days to refuse to pay a tax, a woman starved herself while incarcerated for demanding a voice, untold thousands took to the streets, proudly refusing to be invisible or silent anymore, and a woman climbed a flagpole.   Because symbols […]

Poem: Sole Proprietor

Poem: Sole Proprietor

Valiance in black cobblestones, Your disparity with insolence. In the night during a tremendous fight When solidarity has taken blight When scholarly conversations birth plight She is not around to occupy this quiet sound. Deep breath and inhale – medicine to me You saved my heart – feeling free…

Poem: The Sting

Poem: The Sting

Yes, there is a sting which comes and goes, up and down, a pleasure, a pain, when the heart falls again. The ache is awakening, an etch within the walls of the caverns in our chests, and it evokes the highest of heavens, though feels like the hallows of death. The sensation is divine and […]

Poem: Ode to Mama

Poem: Ode to Mama

She was the cool hand on a delirious, feverish child’s forehead The soothing singsong voice of love without words Mama, mama, mama… Yes, she was a mama But once she was a little girl as well Skipping barefoot through a path in the jungle Plucking papaya from up on high Laughing through poverty with her […]

Jesus Would Want Women to Have Orgasms

Jesus Would Want Women to Have Orgasms

Listen, I don’t know Jesus. Never met the guy and do not go to church save for the occasional wedding or funeral although I would guess the dude didn’t have blond hair and blue eyes. Nothing against people with those physical traits, I’ve dated quite a few of them and am married to a redheaded […]

Stuart McMillen’s Anti-Prohibition Cartoon Exposes Destructive War on Drugs

Stuart McMillen’s Anti-Prohibition Cartoon Exposes Destructive War on Drugs

Stuart McMillen, a young comic artist residing in Australia, has created a lovely illustrated guide to the social impact of the War on Drugs. It cuts right to the heart of prohibition policies without requiring that the audience read paragraphs of “boring” history and political science/cultural analysis. Beautifully illustrated and succinct in its analysis of […]