• lenten journal: fire

    by  • March 12, 2016 • america, lenten journal, peace, poetry • 2 Comments

    Even before I read any of the reports of election-related happenings around the country, I felt depressed, so I am choosing to limit my intake as much as I can. Still, I am troubled. I can remember, after past elections that seemed contentious, but now pale by comparison, hearing people say we were blessed to live in a country where elections were free of violence. I fear we will not be able to say that this year.

    fire

    the guy running with the torch
    is only scary after we have chosen
    to cover the ground in gasoline.
    it only takes a spark, you know,
    and we’ve spent the last few
    years making kindling of one
    another, laying the ground
    work for this scorched earth
    of an election, this wildfire—
    and soon, all those around . . .

    Peace, with all my heart—
    Milton

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    2 Responses to lenten journal: fire

    1. kenny wood
      March 12, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      sadly, a prophetic reading of the signs of the times

    2. noralyn carpenter
      March 13, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      an eerie and effective appropriation of an old song, Milton. And a sad-but-true description.

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