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April 16, 2012

Which ones will see

By Gary Lindorff

The latest new poem by ThisCantBeHappening! resident poet Gary Lindorff


I'm waiting in my car for a teacher friend

at the back of her school


all at once,

the kids begin pouring out of the building,

most of them gravitating

to the spots 

where the buses will pull up;

others weaving 

in and out

of those clusters

in continuous motion. . .

One girl is doing cartwheels on the sidewalk,

another, spinning in place. 

Blue is pervasive,

highlighted by touches of yellow,

red, white and purple. . .

But the whole effect

is like peering into multiple kaleidoscopes!

It is as if the space around these kids

is slowly turning,

and, by turning,

is forcing each one of them

to shift 

like a tiny piece of tinted glass

into a new position. . .

. . .There is

a kind of axial symmetry

in that,

even though their energy 

might be centered in going home,

they are completely caught up

in this anything-but-

random process

that is shuffling and sorting them

by who they are and will be

(relative to each other,

relative to their separate destinies). . .

And this process

somehow includes me,

because, as I watch,

I find myself growing desperate

to know

which ones will see

beyond what we

who see beyond

have seen. . .

-- Gary Lindorff

Submitter: Dave Lindorff

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Submitters Bio:

Dave Lindorff, winner of a 2019 "Izzy" Award for Outstanding Independent Journalism from the Park Center for Independent Media in Ithaca, is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper He is a columnist for Counterpunch, is author of several recent books ("This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy" and "Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Penalty Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal"). His latest book, coauthored with Barbara Olshanshky, is "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office (St. Martin's Press, May 2006).