Quite the piece, its imagery enhanced by the font & design. I disagree with the premise, but love the verve. Our uniqueness, despite the similar DNA count, times billions is just one of the magical things we contend with on this plane of existence. Poets & other artists leave the truth of this wholly evident. “There is nothing new under the sun” is a defeatist attitude I do not endorse. Remember that it is the poets who do the heavy lifting in this world.
Pray tell, Glenn, what do you see “the premise” to be?
I am simply saying that people who are going through hard times should not assume they are the only ones suffering out there and thus use it as an excuse to be grumpy in greetings and daily encounters.
I agree that each of us is very different, of course.
Interestingly, in Girarde’s recent obituary it tells us that: “He argued that human conflict was not caused by our differences, but rather by our sameness. Individuals and societies offload blame and culpability onto an outsider, a scapegoat, whose elimination reconciles antagonists and restores unity.”
"I hate that ordinary citizen-readers have been made to feel intimidated by poetry, when in fact it can be so much fun, and so lucid, insightful and contemporary. In this I am very much on the Garrison Keillor culture-team. A poem is a conversation or an encounter with a deeply committed, highly entertaining friend."
-- Tony Hoagland (poet)
"A sad literary irony is poets who crave to be understood but don't write as if they do."
-- Sabio Lantz (a non-poet)