I keep Thinking Something Can Be Done   2 comments


a genius or two reaching puberty or beyond
will shake the world straight like a wrinkled sheet
lay it flat where problems show like dirty spots
she’ll reach over the tops of corporations
those “people” with stony hearts
shake them near the rest of us
refilling ourselves weekly
at the cost-of-living-pump
in pursuit of the happiness highway

I keep thinking that something can be done
before polar bears are dusty museum relics
and hummingbirds search for any dried
resemblance of a flower
and the puzzle of homeless children
and empty houses will be fit together

this has happened before
a woman in the dark ages working too hard
skin raw from scrubbing with lye soap
thinking that something can be done
before her short life ends
with promises of heaven

a man smelling the concentration
of death near his home
thinking that something can be done
to end the killings

a child on the coast of Africa running from the ship
another running naked on a road in Vietnam
not caring to become a famous photograph
a child in Cambodia, Afghanistan, Iraq
the never-ending list of all
thinking that something can be done

Mary Strong Jackson

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2 responses to “I keep Thinking Something Can Be Done

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  1. I think so too, so at least 2 of us are thinking something can be done

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