Sunday, December 4, 2016


here’s to the people who look the other way
when someone is encouraging the crowd
to close their eyes to simple decency
and hit strangers they don’t like--hard
here’s to the television news channels
on the left and the right
who look at neo-fascist rallies
as ratings opportunities,
waiting until old-fashioned newspapers
do actual reporting
before asking questions--
but not saying “fascism” or “lies”
because it displays a lack of “balance”
here’s to the people on social networks
who “don’t want to get political”
when friends and family
post ugly remarks and bigoted jokes
how will you cope with
the future you helped to create?
by doing the same old things
in the same old ways?

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