The world groans.

She cries out under
+++++heartless regimes
+++++propped up by fearful,
+++++hungry people.

The powerless
+++++are driven into homeless exile
+++++in the very battlefields they fled.
+++++with their children
+++++stolen from them.

Other ages were more hopeful.

But ours
+++++sees only end times
+++++and flails back
+++++with denial.+++++

"Lights, 2014" by Mike Shell








Even in the dark
You could feel your neighbor’s
Heart beat
If you were not
+++++pushing her

Image: “Lights, 2014,” by Mike Shell. Decorated home, Riverside, Jacksonville (12/23/2014).

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