Sunday, June 15, 2014

At Play, on Fire by George Held

We gathered in Zuccotti Park to play
at protest, dressed in motley and Commedia
Dell’arte masks – agents provocateurs
to the cops, Big Macs to the tourists,
hors d’oeuvres to the press –

Our stage a few blocks from the Big
Lebowski, where the towers fell and a new
skyscraper aims at another azure sky,
at being the tallest in North America,
at least for a while.

The new tower’s steel cladding reflects
the fire of the sun and reveals the fire
of burning buildings while fever for change
fires our brains in a world at play,
a world on fire.

Author bio: 

Continually dismayed by the failure of our politics, both at home and abroad, George Held finds refuge in foolishly trying to bring temporary order to ceaseless chaos by (don't laugh) writing poems.

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