Issue Thirty - Summer 2017

On Trump’s Election

By Shannon Perry

If I encounter knife-edged voices
I will remember cool water running
in a strong stream
I will let the water be my voice.

If I encounter cold indifference
I will remember granite cliffs
that have endured icy winters
I will let the stone be my strength.

If I encounter despicable lies
I will remember the eagles soaring
over the Klickitat
I will let their winged truth carry me.

If I encounter climate change deniers
I will remember the starving polar bear
swimming to feed her cubs
I will let their hunger be my motivation.

If I encounter bigotry
I will remember our vast continent of
forests, plains and deserts
I will let its diversity be my reply.

Copyright Perry 2017