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Thursday, August 27, 2009


by Scot Siegel

the news is no longer with us, my friends,
Walter Cronkite & the Kennedys are dead

a war is not a war anymore, my friends,
but an engagement, a collaborative effort

(involving all the local stakeholders
& security forces
                         on a flexible timetable
for self-governance–)

the news is no longer the news, my friends,
(the polar bear will have to fend for herself)

our species is on fire, my friends,
but I’ve learned to forgive

the ocean is growing

Scot Siegel's recent books include Some Weather (Plain View Press 2008) and the chapbook, Untitled Country (Pudding House Publications 2009). He serves on the board for the Friends of William Stafford.