smoke gets in your eyes - July 15, 2015s

author’s note:

I feel we’ve been going a little too fast for a little too long.


Such a sudden blaze
often gets lost
in its own smoke:

I’m talking about my nation

and also about the two of us.

But if we can find
enough presence of mind
to stop ourselves
amid the clouds of our confusion
we may then begin to sense
a better union waits within

waits for expression
waits for our courage.

Not a return to what
we think we’ve lost—
not a return to what
we think we’ve been

but instead,
a going forward
as a new strength
rises into being—

a power now rarely realized
except when we stop
then we may feel it summoning us—
a feeling bright yet deep:

assuring us

a better nation…a better union
waits for us to go within.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
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