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Saturday, December 12, 2020


by George Salamon

Credit: Brian Stauffer illustration for Foreign Policy.

"The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was, is lost." —opening words of Lord of the Rings, cited by David French, "Yes, America Could Split Apart," The Dispatch, September 20, 2020.

Woke up in the dark of morning,
looking out the window I saw
street lights competing with the
light of the stars, but across the
way in the office building where
men used to come and go, not
even the lights for cleaning
women were burning, and I
the window and wondered if
that was still so.

George Salamon, after teaching German in five colleges, reporting business news, editing a military magazine, and writing in corporate public affairs, is "retired" and contributes to The Asses of Parnassus, Dissident Voice, One Sentence Poems, and The New Verse News from St. Louis, MO.