Sunday, February 21, 2021

Help From History..................

Please help me know it happened, that life I thought we had—

Our friends holding out their hands to us—

Our enemies mistaken, infected by unaccountable


Our country benevolent, a model for all governments,


Those mad rulers at times elsewhere, inhuman, and yet mob-

     worshipped, leaders of monstrous doctrine, unspeakable

     beyond belief, yet strangely attractive to the uninstructed.


And please let me believe these incredible legends that have

     dignified our lives—


The wife or husband helplessly loving us, the children full of

     awe and affection, the dog insanely faithful—

Our growing up hardhard times, being industrious and


The places we lived arched full of serene golden light—


Now, menaced by judgments, overheard revisions, let me

     retain what ignorance it takes to preserve what we need—

     a past that redeems any future.

-William Stafford

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