Wendy Taylor Carlisle
“…the damned have howled away their hearts.” Yeats
These days I’m damned by politics,
disheartened by money and influence.
I howl away my hat.
These days I question the nation’s vigor,
examine an edgy distress
I haven’t felt in years.
These days I waste saved daylight
trying to turn anxiety around.
These days I’m surrounded by unworthy heirs—
are there any others?
These days the national woe seems perpetual.
These days elected servants are no different
than grackle and crow.
Will we stumble too late on another suitable hat?
About the writer:
Wendy Taylor Carlisle writes in the Arkansas Ozarks. She is the author of three books and five chapbooks. Her book The Mercy of Traffic is now in release. She has 11 times been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and twice for best of web.
Image: “Enough Drama for One Day” by Terri Edwards. Acrylic and pastel on canvas. 24 x 24 inches. No completion date specified. By permission. Terri Edwards is an internationally collected artist, having achieved success initially with her mixed media collages. Edwards has recently concentrated her focus on abstract art and has dedicated the last three years to studying various techniques and to developing her own intuitive style. Edward’s core belief is that art has the power to transform, uplift, and enlighten, and she believes everyone should have the opportunity to purchase affordable, high quality art.