MAKE AMERICA SMALL AGAIN

Make America small again,
the size we really are
on an honest global map.
Third of all countries in land mass,
third in population.
Match our power to our size.

Take away the burden of being great,
having to always be
the unblemished face of democracy.

Many people in this world
don’t like their kings.
Make us like them.

Many people in this world
daily live to feed
and protect their children.
And reach out to neighbors.
Make us like them.

Make America cherish being small,
small as honeybees,
family farms,
sparkling streams on Native lands,
unborn babies,
small as buying local.

Small is big enough.

 

 

 

 

 

THIS WAS A FAILURE OF THE RURAL CHURCHES

This was a failure of the rural churches,
those postcard-pretty steeples flanked by fields.

This was a failure of shepherds
who know their sheep so well
that they are afraid to challenge them,
shepherds who would rather refuse Communion
to a politician who supports Roe v. Wade
than to a politician who sows hate,
who find it easier to teach Thou Shalt Nots
than to call out glaring social sin.

Good pastors and church ladies,
it’s not too late to jump in.
A new battle for America’s collective soul
has just begun.

WHAT DID YOU DO IN 2016?

Young people are out there
again tonight,
in Atlanta,
Miami,
Columbus,
Minneapolis,
Los Angeles,
Portland,
Dallas,
and here in Madison.

Better to have young people,
armed with passion,
in the streets,
than old men armed with guns.
Young people will still be here in twenty years,
and they will never let this happen again.

Hillary liked to say to her crowds,
“When your children and grandchildren ask you
what you did in 2016, what will you tell them?”

Millennials, this is your rite of passage.

 

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HE DOESN’T BUILD THE WALL?

What happens when he doesn’t build the wall?
Or send Muslims back from whence they came?
What happens when the jobs don’t come?
Will the good people who elected him
begin to think
that he was lying all along?

Maybe a good will come from this,
and things will get so bad
that we can turn a corner.

Maybe a new generation will rise up
in protest, 60s-style,
to shelter the immigrant,
find justice for the prisoner,
grow Muslim-Christian dialogue,
teach peace.

Maybe in a distant future,
when small towns are settled
by people of many colors,
the States will once again
become United.