What Kind of Times are These?

What Kind of Times are These?

Virginia Governer Ralph Northam’s call for enhanced gun control legislation in the wake of last week’s mass shooting was called “hasty and suspect” by GOP lawmakers... 

With that, I ponder this... 

What Kind of Times Are These?

BY ADRIENNE RICH

There's a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.


I've walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don't be fooled
this isn't a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.


I won't tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light—
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.


And I won't tell you where it is, so why do I tell you anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these to have you listen at all, it's necessary to talk about trees.

 —

(via “the Slowdown” podcast) 

— 

“Our country moving closer to its own truth and dread, it’s own way of making people disappear.”  

 

Maybe these times aren’t all that special, Mom.  Maybe this is the way it’s always been.    

 

 

Cover photo via msnbc 

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