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Wanting to hate
Half of America
Doesn’t seem like a viable plan

I dodge interactions
I sever relationships
With those I suspect
Have clearly embraced
The evil platform
And its slimy tentacles
Now wrapping around my flag

My cheek is not turning
For my granddaughters
Will bear the burden of the

I have my own fears
I grieve
The collapse of moral decency
The loss of rationality
The destruction of our biosphere

Now I bear responsibility
To voice outrage loudly
To seek solutions
To emerge
From the inviting comfort of my silence.

Maureen Canny
Retired teacher, struggling to find peace, make peace

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