A poem by Marge Piercy

A reasonable amount of hope


 
Today is the first day of spring
still crisp and clean and shining.
Somewhere koalas are dying
 
while an ecosystem burns. On
one of his golf courses, Trump
is tweeting a new disaster.
 
But still spring feels inviting.  Perhaps
it’ll bring some of us peace, enough
money each month to cover needs.
 
Perhaps the war god will go to sleep
at least for a time.  Perhaps a few
less species will go extinct. Fewer
 
women murdered by their partners
or strangers. Men will stop raping
for a while. White racists will wake
 
up one morning with beautiful
mahogany skin. More cancers
will be cured, no more homeless
 
people, beaten or shunned. All
will find shelter and homeless
pets will not be killed but loved.

***

Marge Piercy has written 17 novels including The New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women; the classics Woman on the Edge of Time and He, She and It (winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction novel in 1993) and others. Among her volumes of poetry the most recent include Before You Leave, Turn off the Light (forthcoming in September from Knopf), The Hunger Moon: New & Selected Poems 1980-2010, and Made in Detroit. Her critically acclaimed memoir is Sleeping with Cats. Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan and Northwestern, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she is active in antiwar, feminist and environmental causes. You can check out Marge’s website to learn of what’s next in the works HERE.

Photo seen on the website of The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife Rescue Appeal.

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