Saturday, May 23, 2020

from The Song of Hiawatha
In the green and silent valley,
By the pleasant water-courses,
Dwelt the singer Nawadaha.
In the green and silent valley.
“There he sang of Hiawatha,
Sang the Song of Hiawatha,
Sang his wondrous birth and being,
How he prayed and how be fasted,
How he lived, and toiled, and suffered,
That the tribes of men might prosper,
That he might advance his people!”
Ye who love the haunts of Nature,
Love the sunshine of the meadow,
Love the shadow of the forest,
Love the wind among the branches,
And the rain-shower and the snow-storm,
And the rushing of great rivers
Through their palisades of pine-trees,
And the thunder in the mountains,
Whose innumerable echoes
Flap like eagles in their eyries;—
Listen to these wild traditions,
To this Song of Hiawatha!

"The Song of Hiawatha (excerpt)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Public Domain.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Anyone Can Be President
by Naomi Cochran

Twenty days before the oath
I dream it's me.
Chosen at random.
Standing alone
at a plywood podium.
No one wanted the job.
I'm from northern Wisconsin, I say.
I don't know anything.
I just want people to tell the truth
and be kind.
A man interrupts.
I put my hand over his mouth.
Be quiet, I say.
I believe I have the floor.
 “Anyone Can Be President” by Naomi Cochran, from The Truth about Everything: In 3500 Words or Less. Just a Thought Press © 2019.