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ON THE EDGE

April 24, 2020
by Glenda S Wallace
Do you feel it?
A looming shadow over your right shoulder?
That feathered clutching of throat & tummy?

As you learn, 50,000 are dead now,
do you catch sight of it,
out of the corner of your eye?
It comes swiftly.

Can you name it. Own it,
stuff it into the compartment you're building in your mind?
And go on.

 
Have you lost your patience?
Argued with a friend as you grasp for knowledge,
understanding, context:
the impossible just now
in the Time of Covid,
or ever?

The big picture will not come.
We get pieces, many conflicting.
Edges don't match.
The whole has holes.

And there is that root,
deep and rooting and separating soil from rock.
And there is that shadow
that descends and disappears
but grows stronger when we pause to look,
to question.

What do we do now?
Nothing more
than toil, and study the terrain
and resist the urge of shifting sands.
Just stand and dance and wait for our chance
to discover what grows in the dark?

What is the name of that root
emerging in America today?
Do you sense the shadow that brings it water?
Some days I do not want to name it.
Do you know what we've planted?
Do you know its name?

...Onward.

GSW




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“A beetle
will chase after an opening of light,
while a cockroach
will scatter at a crack of it.

How are we different from insects?
Nobody is purely good
or purely evil.
Most of us are in-between.

There are moths
that explore the day
and butterflies that play at night.
Polarity is an integral part of nature
— human or not human.”

― Suzy Kassem
Poet, Philosopher, Artist





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