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This week I attended TCU Minister’s Week in Fort Worth.  About 1/4 of the way home, I drove 40-45 miles an hour on a very slushy I-20 and 1-45, splashed over and over by truck drivers gone wild.

One of the speakers, the very awesome speaker Suzanne Stabile from Dallas took the  last-minute place of Diane Butler Bass from Alexandria, Virginia who was snowed in. Suzanne read part of the poem Hieroglyphic Staircase by Drew Dillinger. It has haunted me since then. Here are the first  lines:

it’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake
because my great great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unraveling?

surely you did something
when the seasons started failing?

as the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?
did you fill the streets with protest
when democracy was stolen?

what did you do
once
you
knew?

http://www.drewdillinger.org

 

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