It has been a period of adjustment,
this living underground,
the shift in job market
to more physical tasks:
cutting lumber, building a bridge.
Someday there may again be big machines
& people not so eager to deceive
for the sake of personal gain,
but that day seems far off.
My own obsession is to catalogue
my small part of the larger picture,
to recapitulate tales the elders told
before the war to end the planet ensued,
how the politicians all managed
duplicity in the face of peril,
illusions endangering us all.
We survivors are not many
compared to the populace of old,
but we are an earnest & energetic lot,
a circle united in goals to work effectively,
to find small comforts, to appreciate
the unique, the individual.
Our weekly gatherings
celebrate talents of our tribe.
We face tremendously long odds,
but for now we remain undaunted,
proud of our slow progress
and that we represent
more than false promises.
Our beaten world
is no longer fueled by fear,
& in such knowledge,
a true rebirth begins.
Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist. His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His collection, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) is available through Amazon, as is a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press). His newest collection, Worth the Candle, is now out from Five Oaks Press.