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Poem: UnCivil War

Lips draw tight
In battle lines
Stretching across
Dinner tables
Where brother
Versus brother
Stares daggers
At the other
How long
There was no
Recognition of
Blood betraying
Blood in words
And beliefs
Twisting familiar
Into unrecognizable
Like dirty napkins
Left on white linen
As a picked over
Dinner grows colder
Than the stares
And manners
Failed to bring
Civil discourse
To passions
About ideas
That are not
To anyone
At this table

Inspired by Biden’s inauguration speech yesterday.

Copyright © 2021 TJS Sherman All rights reserved.


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