Politics and Poetry
Can you have both?
Does poetry weaken political will?
Does it turn men into wimps,
Warriors into cowards?
As I grow older, I need poetry.
It provides context and clarity —
The means to untie
The knots that close us down.
To experience letting go
In life, in love and in politics.
To learn from friends — poets and others
How we can build together.
I have seen Cathy, with help from Jon,
Let our dog Samantha
Win the fight over how we walk outside.
Losing that fight with grace and humor
Allows us to have our life together.
Anger becomes disappointment
So that love can grow.
(inspired by the Polish poet Adam Zagajewski)