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Now

All those who cry in fear
anguish at our descent.
The world has twisted back
exposing only black.
Can any voice make clear
this age of discontent?

Numbing emptiness awaits
a future once thought bright.
We now will never know.
The sun’s diminished glow
‘round shadows radiates
the last of summer’s light.

The depths that knowledge tests
are no longer tested.
We spit a bitter sound,
banishing what we found
that empties out the nests
hatred has invested.

Each person who rises,
joins the rumbling chorus
first engaging lowly
like blinding fog slowly
obscuring rivers, peaks,
and all reason before us.

Is there time enough now
to redeem a nation
bitter, angry, shamed—
some would say deranged?
Do we even know how
to seek our salvation?

We are in a tunnel
and see a distant light
approaching at full speed.
Yet we must still proceed
knowing one more tunnel
may lie beyond our sight.

If more darkness awaits
us as we move along,
will it really matter
if there is a ladder
to climb from these debates
and leave the angry throng?


Biography
Bear Kosik’s book Remaking Democracy in America was published in
November 2018 by Stairway Press. He also writes novels, plays, and
screenplays. Bear’s fiction, poetry, essays, and photos have been
published by
Third Flatiron Press, River & South Review, Calliope, Silver
Streams
, Weasel Press, and others.
www.opednews.com/hkbearmcneelege
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Published July 7, 2019
Now
Special Project: 45 Poems of Protest
by Bear Kosik
(East Greenbush, New York, USA)