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Pandemic Blues

That one

unsparing

voice,

redolent,

necessary.  Prophetic

fightback

noise –

joy

in the unsparing –

 

this unseasonable

desperate

feeling,

 

like the fires

stretching

 

from San Diego to Canada,

Kenosha to Minnesota,

Florida to Iowa to New York

to Washington, DC, etc.

The neoliberal order

cannot respond.

So fascism

is. 

So militarism

will.

So nonviolent democratic revolution

must. 

 

One can only hope

these articles are still around

to rejoice in the aftermath,

and progress that invariably follows,

 

but right now, the seasons are

changing again,

                                    and the zelkovas,

the beeches, the poplars, honey locusts,

mulberries, redbuds, and oh

the redwoods, pines, and sequoias!

 

They are not asking

for our law and order.  No.  Not even close.

 

Posted 09/14/20
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