a new poem



Please, tell me it isn’t true.

Hateful, divisive bullies win.

Diplomacy, tact and class

Are ground into the dirt.


A low day indeed

For all who honor decency

And kindness.

For those who respect

The personhood of all.


I am not an object.

I am a person who loves

My brother, my sister,

Yes, even the ideals

My country once embraced.


But, this, too, shall pass.

I wonder, though,

Will my home rise again

Over the smallness of greed

Bigheadedness and vilification?


Do decency and tolerance

Have a chance

In a world where winning means

I grind my heels into the soft and tender

Backs of those smaller or quieter than I?


We cannot survive divided against ourselves.

Hatred will never end by hatred.

Only love can truly conquer all.

November 9, 2016

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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2 Responses to a new poem

  1. Barbara says:

    Hi, Darlene! Wonderful poem! I am finally back on computer & email. This new computer has me befuddled. Got some help today & hope I can now figure it out!


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