Winter Lament

By Greg McGee

Now is the winter of our discontent.

We knew it was coming. 

We were warned about it,

by the pundits, the provocateurs,

the scientists and the sycophants. 

PLEASANTON, CA – JUNE 5: Protesters wear masks while attending a Black Lives Matter protest at Amador Valley Community Park in Pleasanton, Calif., on Friday, June 5, 2020. About 3,000 protesters gathered at Amador Valley Community Park and listened to speakers and then marched to the corner of Hopyard Road and Valley Ave. where they took a knee for 8 min and 46 seconds. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

We know why it is happening,

and that we are all to blame,

Having contributed all in part

by doing nothing or saying not enough,

or through our own careless actions.

This winter will be filled with death

People will suffer, and some will starve.

The fortunate few will lock their doors

And not feel the touch of death.

Yet our lives will feel the misery, feel it one and all.

After winter comes the spring,

There will be glimmering light at the end

Of a long tunnel of tragedy and turmoil,

Of lies and deceit

And the leadership of fools.

New leadership will rise

And correct the course of a society

Careening out of control.

Cures are coming, for our sick and charred souls.

The health of our nation will be restored.

TOPSHOT – Former vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (L) and Senator from California and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris greet supporters outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention, held virtually amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, on August 20, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

(NOTE: This poem was written prior to the defeat of President Donald Trump and that other guy who nobody remembers by now President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. That doesn’t make me a soothsayer, just a very relieved citizen of The United States Of America.)

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