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…bear witness honestly

By Elizabeth Cunningham


two goldfinch fluttering up, down, on their own breeze

a firmament of Scylla flowers in the grass

iridescent understory in morning light


inside cinderblock cells, quarantined refugees

people who risked their lives to escape, imprisoned

where is the springtime for them, the promised new life?


turtles sun on every log in the beaver pond

surrounded by the reflection of cloud and sky

their shells are shiny, too, little domes of darkness


less freedom than dogs, walked through a park twice a day

their existence regarded as potential crime

who is protected, who abandoned to despair


the falling petals of a star magnolia tree

birds singing dawn and evening, courting and nesting

spring is here with its power to pierce or break hearts


every day I catalogue the beauty I see

so much suffering at such a remove from me

is it possible to bear witness honestly?

Elizabeth Cunningham


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