A poem of hope
I must find another Poem somehow,
A poem of hope,
Or else I’ll join the vultures of despair
Who, in our time, circle the wounded and the dying,
descending to squabble over stolen fragments
not to be numbered with the losers.
There is a carrion comfort for each time,
A way of witnessing the hopelessness
And roiling circumstance of each age,
The suffering sickness of our savage grasping,
A way of telling all that in our futile fix
Self-interest without restraint alone
Can answer for the strong,
Poulticing their wounds with wealth and influence.
But then, you look into a presidential face
and see a sad portrait there
A map of scars
Where every part of hope
Has been excised
And only plastic counterfeits remain.
Better to toil among our troubles,
Clutching our thin human mede of hope
than circling, deluded, there, among the raptors.
We need hope but I quite like real raptors and vultures!
Yes, it was a slander on the birds to compare them with Trump et al.
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I knew I’d enjoy your poetry.