cj#806> a poem for our times


Richard Moore

        We are free
        to find out how our soldiers
        have trained others to kill
        people just like us

        free to not buy fish sticks
        made of ground up
        dragger-caught juveniles

        free also to bring our own children
        into a world we know is in danger.

        I sat down to write in deep sadness
        still reeling from the knowledge
        that all my efforts
        have not been enough

        to prevent evil and destruction.

        I couldn't have not tried
        - just had to do something -
        and the time will come when I will want to
        once again
        but just now
        I would simply like to cry.

                -Jan Slakov, Nova Scotia, 1998