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The world seems a crazy place these days, with each day bringing new tidings of mayhem and turmoil. I’ve mostly stopped watching the news, and I’ve left FaceBook entirely because the current political news caught me in a vortex of panic, rage, and helplessness: what is to be done? can anything be done? I still email and call my Congressmen and Senators every day, hoping that they will live up to the hopes I had when I cast my votes for them. But I have my doubts…
This poem speaks to the mood I’m in…
Somewhere in the World
Somewhere in the world
something is happening
which will make its slow way here.
A cold front will come to destroy
the camellias, or perhaps it will be
a heat wave to scorch them.
A virus will move without passport
or papers to find me as I shake
a hand or kiss a cheek.
Somewhere a small quarrel
has begun, a few overheated words
ignite a conflagration,
and the smell of smoke
is on its way;
the smell of war.
Wherever I go I knock on wood—
on tabletops or tree trunks.
I rinse my hands over and over again;
I scan the newspapers
and invent alarm codes which are not
my husband’s birthdate or my own.
But somewhere something is happening
against which there is no planning, only
those two aging conspirators, Hope and Luck.