moments of truth

MOMENTS OF TRUTH

1.

A shimmering
cup of tea
chattering on a
saucer
as an
earthquake
rumbles thru
the valley.

 

2.

The way your wife
in the
community pool
looks up at the
star swimmer
poised on the
high board
for a dive.

 

3.

An alcoholic
cornered in an
intervention
by people who
can’t meet
his eyes &
talk nervously
about denial.

 

4.

The woman outside
the dance hall
smoking a
cigarette,
talking about
her right
to abortion,
the hostility
on her face.

 

5.

Men with
tiny enameled
American flags
pinned to their
lapels,
screaming
love it or
leave it
at a
black man
as they
drag him
from his
counter stool
& throw him
to the floor.

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