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Revolt

Animals go loony when earthquakes and

volcanoes gather their murderous forces.

But dogs and owners sleep silently

even as teachers in the hamlets of

West Virginia summon the courage of

miners and rich kids in Florida ask

daddy for the car to rally against insanity.

 

Cats purr innocently while the descendants

of slaves plan legal insurrections against

mass incarceration and white supremacy, and

immigrants descend upon marble buildings

reminding the progeny of horse thieves

they know hypocrisy when they see it.

 

White men in black robes

worry about the tyranny of teachers,

firefighters and pothole fillers

who impudently demand level playing

fields while boldly calling upon

the sustenance of those they serve.

 

Chaos is the unpredicted earthquake,

rantings of the narcissist,

lies of the haters and deniers,

manipulations of the traders,

a stealthy volcano.

 

This is not chaos.

 

This is Revolt.

 

Feature photo used under a Creative Commons license from flickr user Lorie Shaull.

 

 

 


About the author

Len Shindel

Len Shindel began working at Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point Plant in 1973, where he was a union activist and elected representative in local unions of the United Steelworkers, frequently publishing newsletters about issues confronting his co-workers. His nonfiction and poetry have been published in the “Other Voices” section of the Baltimore Evening Sun, The Pearl, The Mill Hunk Herald, Pig Iron, Labor Notes and other publications. After leaving Sparrows Point in 2002, Shindel, a White Marsh resident and grandfather of seven, began working as a communication specialist for an international union based in Washington, D.C. The International Labor Communications Association frequently rewarded his writing. He retired in 2016. Today he spends most of his time in Garrett County, writing, cross-country skiing, kayaking, hiking, fly-fishing and fighting for a more peaceful, sustainable and safe world for his seven grandchildren. Contact the author.
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