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This is another poem, she's afraid to read, contaminating sweetness, goodness, beauty, hope.

After passing it up and turning it off repeatedly, she watches a movie she doesn't want to see. Then, seduced by its filmic satire and wit, she begins to sense a truth reflecting her own, about a dreaded destiny. Science says at the end of 17 days, a big, cosmic rock will break the earth and all its creatures into pieces.

"Wrong!" scoff the people, it will never happen to us. My God will fix it. My Money will fix it. My Daddy will fix it. Shock and tension replace the humor attracting her. We, the people divide into right, wrong; conservative, liberal; rich, powerless — just to argue. Near the end, not even a world full of presidents or dictators know what to do.

Movies used to invent dependable heroes to save the day, assuming happiness after shooting each other off horse backs; burning teepee communities; leaving a scene of devastation including dead horses, replacing the sweet dreams she was told to have. A child, learning her world from the fun of fright with happy endings.

North Pole ice is gone. Those with sight watched it's exit; felt its absence; imagined its impact. The planet lost weight; changing its magnetic field, gravity, rotation and time. Science is not only fact, but instinct, invention, art confronting a giant social ego creating truth to justify only its desires and pleasures.

This is another poem, she's afraid to read, contaminating sweetness, goodness, beauty, hope. Instead, she may inflict abuse by saying what is inside her. She accepts her own inevitable death but planet Earth gave her birth and life into sweetness, goodness, beauty and hope. She cannot not save Earth with words she cannot say.

Let go, it is said …

Norma Heyser is a member of the Jottings Group at The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.


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