Canaries

The miners knew…
When dark dust clogged their pores,
Clouded their minds, and obscured their vision,
And necessity drove them back each day into the dark,
The sensitive canary would warn them of their danger
By being the first to die.

My heart today is aching. My ideals,
Bludgeoned by cynics, and beliefs, battered by lies,
Are choking on the gas of decomposing politics.
The sweet canary’s song is getting louder: “Get Out Now!”

But there is no way out.
Shafts of light are being plugged, one after another; and
The path we came by only goes one way.
We can shout with the last of our breath,
Claw at the rock with our nails, but
Who is there to dig us out?
We were to be our own protectors.

We go to work each day now, picking for peace and digging for justice,
Entering neath the faded sign: “pledged to be more perfect.”
“One for all” we chant as we march to our labors,
While our beautiful canaries are dying.

4 thoughts on “Canaries”

  1. Bob,

    This is succinct and strong. Thank you.

    Drausin

    On Sat, May 15, 2021 at 10:51 AM On the other hand… wrote:

    > On the other hand posted: ” The miners knew…When dark dust clogged their > pores,Clouded their minds, and obscured their vision,And necessity drove > them back each day into the dark,The sensitive canary would warn them of > their dangerBy being the first to die. My heart today is ach” >

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    1. Yes, I guess I would call that a dying canary, but there are others. The massive assault on voting, in favor of minority control, empowered by a massive and willful disregard of fact and truth, presumably motivated by fealty to or fear of a charismatic, narcissistic, sociopathic authoritarian in pursuit of unlimited power, is an extremely dangerous situation.

      If elections are not protected from the “big liars” (efforts to do so appear to be failing–another dying canary) and those forces prevail in the mid term elections and beyond, I think it will get much harder, if not impossible, to protect the rule of law or prevent the subjugation of our constitutional democracy by leaders who have no respect for or interest in democratic governance; and who knows what will happen next.

      I will always “hope,” but today I fear it’s hoping against the evidence.

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