Must We? Can We?

Shattered by disbelief,

must we remain forever captive

 to the cruelty of the indifferent

who offer false condolences,

phony platitudes,

and patriotic justifications

for doing nothing,

for doing too little,

  for undoing progress?

Can we, instead, rise together,

shatter our chains,

pick up the scattered pieces,

and build from them a saner world?


This entry was posted in poetry.

3 comments on “Must We? Can We?

  1. I hope we can, Joan, but sometimes I don’t know where to start.

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  2. Important observations and questions, Joan.

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