Deep Focus – Summer 2020

My friend and former coworker Deborah Wexler has graciously published my poem “Current Affairs” in the Summer 2020 edition of the Deep Focus AVD Newsletter. Find me on page 2.

When a woman named Lucinda was gassed by police during a peaceful protest in Portland, I was moved to write this poem.

Current Affairs

–For Lucinda Fasce Drake

After the doubts,
that’s when the violence begins.
One must be certain
to call on the gas.
Alas, the innocents get caught
in the fray, tangled
in the curtain of rights
and an idealistic display.
We cannot sustain
a state of peaceful complaint.
Whatever this currently is,
peace ain’t.

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