To Every Thing There Is a Season

Murad Subway

Murad Subway

Our old nation
has practiced long
these now haunting norms
this long haunted hypocrisy
Noble words stone`etched
on monuments but
not into hearts

we say these truths
that we’re all created equal
endowed by the Creator God
with such inalienable rights
as Life Liberty Pursuit
of happiness

Many have died
to guard these words
Many more live by denying
them in their daily treatment
of the others in their midst
those of other colors
of other customs

Liberty & Justice
are still for sale here
as in the days the framers
of declarations constitutions
carved nobly on the backs
of slaves immigrants
the indentured

It is not freedom
binds us together now
but the generations of fear
of the many ‘others’ among us
armed now not with whips
but with the weaponry
of lethal destruction

“Although I do not hope to turn again
Although I do not hope
Although I do not hope to turn

Wavering between the profit and the loss
In this brief transit where the dreams cross
The dreamcrossed twilight between birth and dying
(Bless me father) though I do not wish to wish these things
From the wide window towards the granite shore
The white sails still fly seaward, seaward flying
Unbroken wings . . .” ~ T.S. Eliot


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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8 Responses to To Every Thing There Is a Season

  1. bwcarey says:

    Faith demands that things do get better, amen


  2. so true – time we took note

    Liked by 1 person

  3. While we continue to believe that we can somehow change the fundamental nature of human beings—who tend to hate what they fear or don’t understand, who get busy looking out for themselves, who will do anything to avoid feeling vulnerable, including making others feel that way; while we continue to pretend that evil doesn’t exist; while we keep on believing that more money and more government and more coercion are the answers; while we look for solutions everywhere but in our own hearts and in God above, nothing will change. These scenarios have been played out over and over and over again throughout human history; only the details and the names are different.


  4. not a page from my thesis, but I admire your convictions


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