The losses of this lifetime
in retrospect I see
Reflect a downward spiral
of a flawed society:
can we now recapture
a mere morality?
Erase euphoric rapture
of the imperial ME?
Delete from daily language
a bold vulgarity?
Will our world nevermore enjoy
a true gentility?

These are not rhetorical questions
in mournful mood to ask
but challenges to make and take
a tough and tender task

 

C.Q. Hone is a poet living in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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