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Michael Simms: The Garden and the Drone
« on: August 05, 2018, 07:59:33 AM »

Michael Simms: The Garden and the Drone

We come to the garden because it is beautiful.

Arborvitae, hydrangea, anemone--

Even the names are beautiful.

The men who call themselves our leaders

Seem far away. We feel free to be kind,

To walk from here down the street,

Greeting our neighbors, stopping to give

A dollar to a ragged man sitting on the sidewalk.

Beauty wants us to be kind.

Can we believe in kindness the way we believe in rain?

Can we practice kindness until it becomes a habit,

A custom, a ritual of small acts?

If we step over the homeless man

On the sidewalk, then we can easily ignore

The child in Syria blown apart by our taxes

And our drone hovering over the garden

Where the wedding party waits

For the bride. A missile is launched

And everyone dies.

But such cruelty seems far away.

Here in the garden where virtue is easy

We avoid the cold calculus of blame:

Arborvitae, hydrangea, anemone

Beneath the wide August sky.

Note: According to an article by Tom Engelhardt published by The Nation, U.S. airstrikes have wiped out a total of eight wedding parties in Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan since 2001.

This poem was commissioned by City of Asylum Pittsburgh to be read at the Alphabet City Garden on August 4, 2018.

Copyright 2018 Michael Simms.


A Viceroy visits the Lantana that Contrary cultivates at our home.
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."

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Re: Michael Simms: The Garden and the Drone
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2018, 08:52:23 AM »
That Viceroy photo is one you should take particular pride in Surly. Just a wonderful glimpse at the beauty around us.  :icon_sunny:


                            A Viceroy visits the Lantana that Contrary cultivates at our home.


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