Blessing After the Election

Blessing After the Election

Not to bless, but

desiccate instead

the hot spit

on lips shaping hate

suddenly at center.

The confused backing away,

backs now together wanting

a blessing on pins & posts,

the placards & uncertain plans,

questions, answers, the demands.

Yes, a blessing on a shaking heart breaking

seeing other hearts wanting and thirsty. Yes, a blessing

for the thirsty, for all those with lips cracking, who know now a longing,

yes, a blessing for all those who need water – yes, water – because of this fire.