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Wed Jul 29, 2020, 11:20 PM

...this isn't a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here, our country moving closer...

What Kind of Times Are These?

There's a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.

I've walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don't be fooled
this isn't a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.

I won't tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.

And I won't tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it's necessary
to talk about trees.


-Adrienne Rich (19292012)

In a way, it's wonderful that she did not have to live to see this.

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4dog Jul 2020 #1
NNadir Jul 2020 #3
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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 11:28 PM

1. Thank you for this gift

and a reminder of a place to look for light.

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Response to 4dog (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 11:27 AM

3. You're quite welcome. It struck me as apropos of our times. n/t.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 11:33 PM

2. Wow

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