We get the government we deserve…
It is decades of greed, arrogance, fear mongering, laziness, stubbornness, bigotry, Jingoism,unbridled Nationalism, and our refusal to play a larger role in our own governance that have led us to this place.
And now that we’re here, what will we do? Will we, as a people hunker down and learn the hard lessons? Will we wake up? Become more politically involved? Learn the power of protest? Change the system that spawned this entire affair? Will we look deeply into the soul of this country and pray for the courage to admit and accept the sickness there? Will we do whatever is necessary to bring about its healing?
Or will we continue on same as before: asses glued to couches and bar stools; bitching about how “the system is rigged” and how “we can’t change anything…”
All the while ignoring the fact that WE are the ones who’ve allowed this to happen.
And yet a soft rain falls. Grackles and starlings peck the earth for a last few seeds before the first snows come. The rain feeds us. Washes away the dust of what came before. It brings life, and assures us green…in time.
We stand in the place of work and responsibility. The time of gathering in what we have sewn. Soon we will eat of it; letting it carry us through the long dark of winter.
We’ll sleep in our thoughts and plan for spring.
But what will we do when the snow melts and the rivers flow again?