The mix this week: two poems with hella amazing endings, one with a perfect title, a cool website devoted to black history (including in the West), and for fun some “The Future that Liberals Want” meme and french bulldogs in sweatshirts on a couch.
“Ghazal, the Dark Times” by Marilyn Hacker begins:
Tell us that line again, the thing about the dark times…
“When the dark times come, we will sing about the dark times.”
and includes this stanza, so delicious to read aloud and an excellent use of “bling”:
Naysayers in sequins or tweeds, libertine or ascetic
Find a sensual frisson in what they’d call bling about the dark times.
and after much more like that ends with this gut punch reminder:
You come home from your meeting, your clinic, make coffee and look in the mirror
And ask yourself once more what you did to bring about the dark times.