15 January 2017

Walking up Glaciers


Quelccaya Ice Cap 


Haven’t written since I cast my ballot
ineffectually last election
as if my public signature triggered
the loss of government dignity since.

This is down time, as in it’s all downhill
from here, as in now we’re down on the farm
although we’ve seen the glow of rainbow’s end,
as in haven’t we slid this slope before?

The cure, I’m told, is prayer for the soul
of officialdum, for seasons  of hope,
for reincarnation of art, for plagues
of blessings on pharaoh’s first families.

I recall melodramatic sitcoms
where even Archie Bunkers would reform
if loss of privilege came too close by
or if his daughter brought stray puppies home.

If only well-being would work as well
as wilderness to wake unfeeling souls
to empathy and generosity,
if only they stopped climbing as we slid.

But let's stop grieving now and write the cure, 
let's manifest its hope after we march 
to find the angry core and climb past that
to faith and to empowerment once more.





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© 2017 Susan L. Chast



18 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

"Let's stop grieving now and write the cure"....I love that, and the marching feet of a million women who will raise their voices soon. I liked the lines about your ineffectual vote starting the downhill slide, lol. Love the idea of climbing glaciers too, a slippery slope for us as the elite climb ever higher on our backs.

brudberg said...

Oh I think this is when it really starts... poetry will be the power... never has been more needed than these days. Good to see you back to writing.

purba chakraborty said...

"The cure, I’m told, is prayer for the soul" ~ I loved the hope reflecting in the poem.

C.C. said...

Oh, I feel this Susan. And that last stanza...Yes! I certainly hope so :-)

Julian said...

Hi Susan, I liked this poem, the message and especially the positivity rising through it to the end...Thanks for visiting my blog too.

R.K. Garon said...

"...to find the angry core and climb past that
to faith and to empowerment once more."

Giddy-up!
ZQ

Old Egg said...

Humanity is quite irrational especially when choosing its leaders. It is best to take a deep breathe and try to relax in the knowledge that nothing lasts for ever. Just be prepared to sweep up the mess afterwards.

Truedessa said...

Welcome back, I am glad you found a voice and words. We must always hang on to our poetic voice. Times are changing and I am not sure where the path will lead :(

Martin Kloess said...

Thank you for the inspiration. Let positive be the way.

Wendy Bourke said...

You've articulated the sentiments of many, so beautifully here, Susan. T think we have drank, far to much, of the 'you can be anything you want kool aid' and 'entitlement' is now a personality trait - even a mark of character, amongst some. But the question needs to be asked - and writers need to ask it, again and again - AT WHAT COST? For there always is a cost when people put themselves first.

thotpurge said...

If only well-being would work as well
as wilderness to wake unfeeling souls... love that. Very important to find common ground and move on!

call-to-resistance said...

Really like your well thought out reflection on the current reality. I do believe that those of us who write must continue to do so, even when its the hardest thing to do.

Elizabeth

Sanaa Rizvi said...

The cure, I’m told, is prayer for the soul of officialdum, for seasons of hope.. beautifully deep!!

Jae Rose said...

Writing the cure can often be the only way - and perhaps the best way.. life does often feel like climbing a glacier.. but perhaps we can wear the right shoes and get to the top..eventually

kaykuala said...

to find the angry core and climb past that
to faith and to empowerment once more

The feeling of having been a letdown lingers on. Wonder what it'll be like post- January 2017, under untested leadership! And what can be done to counter a depressive mood!

Hank

Bekkie Sanchez said...

We need to look ahead to a better way because what we have is broke! The election proved it. What ever happened to anyone can be president?

annell said...

My comment disappeared...loved the write!

signed...bkm said...

It is time to move forward to stand up for principles and the dignity of all...bkm