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Hope and Progress

Paul Lojeski: Five women accused of being witches beaten to death in India.
Indian Witches Beaten

Hope and Progress

Five women accused
of being witches beaten
to death in India.

That’s the latest headline
from our home planet’s
ongoing evolutionary

celebration, documenting
our forward momentum
here in this little

paradise of darkness.
File it with all the other
dangerous intentions,

as we spin pridefully
and relentlessly towards
our glorious end.

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“To live with one’s cowardice is bitter.”—Czeslaw Milosz*

You know what he means
because you live it now
as all the others did,
while the swords
and tanks and bombs
ruled the world
and assassins slipped
though the night.
You do whatever it
takes to stay hidden,
to remain anonymous
in that swollen, gray
lake of obedience and
fear that you so cleverly
ply your trade in, living
bitter with your cowardice.

*Native Realm, Milosz pp. 240

Paul Lojeski