A Mean Wind

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Gerhard Richter

“I believe that I shall see
    the goodness of the Lord
       in the land of the living.
    Wait for the Lord; be strong,
       and let your heart take courage.
    Wait for the Lord!” ~ Psalm 27:13-14

A mean wind
blows in the land
The trees all tremble
tender plants wilt
a storm forms

Fear is seeded
into gray clouds
as they once seeded
clouds to bring
summer rains

From the fear
showers of hate
begin to fall on land
kick up the dust
of old bigotry

A new racism
white supremacy
within a melting`pot
forgetful refugees
from suffering

A new fascism
blows in the land
Where’s the goodness
of the once great?
Under assault!


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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7 Responses to A Mean Wind

  1. and yet Job, who had lost everything, still said ‘for I know that my Redeemer lives…’ and your use of Psalm 27 echos that. We have to hope that this too will pass.

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  2. alas, we two are divided by more than this magnificent continent – bigotry, racism and fascism are most unfortunate and inappropriate epithets that don’t serve to advance a rational debate about why this latest decree may be ill-advised


    • Bigotry, racism, and fascism are more than epithets, neither unfortunate or inappropriate, as they already accurately portray systemic maladies within our land and the mindset of many of our citizens and leaders. Only time will tell whether or not rational debate will even be allowed in the public sphere of our land. Thanks for challenging my thinking, as always . . .

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  3. Many thanks, Lots of write ups.


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