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I wake to the possible

Manifestación (Demonstration)

Antonio Berni, "Manifestación" (Demonstration; 1934), WikiArt.

Today for the first time in four
years, I go to the computer
without dread about what new
horror is done or pending.

Hope has felt dangerous,
remote, unlikely. I dare now
to feel it, cradling my old
body around its fragile

warmth. I want to believe,
scarcely dare, looking over
my shoulder at those who
want to kill people like me.

Although it shares the sky
with blood, a rainbow gleams.

Marge Piercy is the author of many books of poetry, most recently On the Way Out, Turn Off the Light.
2021, Commentary, Volume 72, Issue 11 (April 2021)
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