A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
No I’m not watching royals get married this weekend.
If I want shiny surfaces, I’ll find a river, lake, or pond,
the bathroom mirror. Are we destined to worship
descendants of people who won the most power
and wealth even now, and to worship the makers
of their clothing? The popular mind romanticizes this,
but why? Maybe I miss something obvious here,
like the need to elevate a few as if they’re rockets
we have launched with all our stuff packed inside.
I’m super-pleased a Black woman’s stepping into
the British monarchy, but I’m still thinking “monarchy,”
so that’s a hard aftertaste to smother with honey,
the color of her skin, her pert little features,
her delightful smile. Although I’m not watching,
I’m sure I’ll be fed several images all through the day,
unless I stay offline (offline!), including the train
in the aisle, like a whole population is riding on it,
like the bride is a body of water, a fountain or source.
I bridle at the thought of rulers minus the ritual
of voting, which it’s started to become, though
an empty one. And I bridle now more than ever.
Copyright 2018 Ellen McGrath Smith