It’s hot, but the windows are open
for the sounds, the bare breezes,
the connections that reach beyond
my imaginings as I sit at my table.
Closed doors and windows confine cooled air,
but they separate me from the raucous cicadas,
the passing cars, the carried snippets of voices,
the reminders that
all is not outrage, fear, turmoil.
Yesterday was a day of talking about poetry:
imagery and the power of figurative language
with ten-year-olds before
hearing, reading, seeing the news of Treason,
of a man who stands for nothing, not even himself.
It was far too literal to compare to
peering down a rocky cliff,
dredging a septic tank,
razing a blooming field,
depriving an infant of sustenance.
The encroaching overlap of the day and my day
as it played out, as it plays out in far too many iterations,
shouldn’t make modeling being kind to each other
seem like a noble act.
The only fealty we should have is to honor and respect
each other. To do no harm.
Maybe it’s like having a peanut free room or table:
We take care to protect those who could be harmed
by our actions. And then,
We take care of those who just need
a kind word, a supportive nod, an encouraging smile.
Humanity. Compassion. Love.