One inch short of war
Rattle doors and windows
Of unseemly fury
Hurled through air
Turn lashing trees
To toppled dreams
Caught off guard
By one lone ranger
One inch short of war
Pointing out the faults of others, especially those of POTUS, is dangerous business. Some say we should cut him a break. After all, doesn’t our own uncontrolled behavior make us as guilty as the next party?
Perhaps it does. Nonetheless, national leaders are held to higher standards because of the number of people who depend daily on their decisions and actions. Especially, but not only in situations of national emergency. A wall on our southern border is not cause to declare a national emergency. Hurricane Maria was. A test of our readiness to do the right thing. Together.
So yes, POTUS is rightly held to higher standards. And yes, my ability to see fault-lines in POTUS likely means I’m all too familiar with this set of behaviors. In myself and in others.
It brings to mind my history with self-confident men and women who believed themselves ordained by God to keep me in line. In my place. Voiceless and without power. One inch short of being used and abused in a subterranean war fueled by abuse of power.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 25 February 2019
Photo of Hurricane Maria damage in San Juan, Puerto Rico; found at nbcnews.com
I see that the man who predicted trump would beat Hillary, and become POTUS,; has predicted that he will win again in 2020 😥 😥
We shall see…. It isn’t going to be pretty, that’s for sure. 😦
Picture looks like same event we experienced 25 miles East of Williamsport. Awoke this morning to sound of chainsaw as Neighbor reduced fallen oak to pile of litter. Fortunately no mortar shells followed whirling sounds of wind all around us and no early alert sirens warning us of incoming enemy missiles. why have we begun to expect manmade Disasters? Has humanity’s behavior sunk below the standard of Civilization?
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Hi, David! Thanks for this comment. The idea of expecting disasters we’ve brought upon ourselves is definitely part of my subconscious thinking these days. Your closing question is worth thinking about.