Fred Gillen Jr.

Poetry

Neighbors

Neighbors

I have watched my country descend
in such a short time I have let
powers of money and greed
make me forget my neighbors names
I have learned to grasp my views
like a golden cane
instead of discussing them at the
monday morning philosophers deli counter
wielding them as a cudgel
when I should be carefully
assembling them into poetry and song

I watch my neighbors through
the thin slats of the closed blinds
of social media
instead of hugging them at the
local coffee shop or
talking about the weather at the diner
because even the weather has become
fodder for sensationalist fear-mongering
and every hug is a threat these days

Posted Tuesday, October 8th 2019

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