|Detail from Peace and Prosperity (1896), by artist Elihu Vedder, |
Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C
Let me tell you about home-coming at
the Coll-ege of War in Future Peace:
Bands play “this little heart of mine” as two
or more teams each solve a jigsaw puzzle
with pieces mixed together [ ] divided
e-quall-y [ ] placed on separate tables—
Crowds wit-ness strategy and cooper-
ation, since no one wins unless all win.
Let me tell you about the homecoming
queens, always the newest and the oldest
members of society, always next
year’s organizers, surrounded by love.
Crowds wit-ness as they build teams from weedy
wall-flowers, each one precious and needed.
Let me tell you about the home we build
in our hearts for those who commune with us
and dare envision fu-tures so free of
competition that we root in nature.
Our last incarnations are as saplingstogether holding on to our planet.
Copyright © 2014 S.L.Chast