Contra Trump World: Hold Fast to True Words, Real Facts

WHERE DOES IT HURT? Everywhere . . .

Dreams of black water, no moon or stars, celestial compass missing.

Each day more offenses accumulate. We are frightened for our planet’s survival.

No protections for the sanctity of life: global destruction for a profit motive, lack of intention to disguise the plundering of our resources—human, environmental, and material. Will we recognize our country four years from now?

How many more bodies tossed on beaches and bombed into oblivion? How many lives lost, opportunities wasted?

Fruit withered in the groves, human hunger growing. The delusional man’s nightmare wall, the stuff of his dreams—now the tools of our master of destruction. (Is that his advanced degree?)


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Tikkun 2017 Volume 32, Number 3:14

Maxine Chernoff is the chair of creative writing at San Francisco State University and the author of fourteen books of poetry and six works of fiction. In 2013 she was an NEA Poetry Fellow; she is also the winner of the 2009 PEN Translation Award for her work on the German poet Friedrich Hoelderlin. She lives in Mill Valley.
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