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Friendly Persuasion

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May I ask you to stay in today?

To leave to do your work

Or run errands

With a mask on?

In this moment, we are the worst

On Earth for responding to the disease

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Thank goodness we have

All the measures that we have

In place, facilities and people

Exhausted now, even the facilities

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We don’t want to pay attention, I suppose

As a teacher, I can understand

I don’t always like

Paying attention, either

But, come on,

We pride ourselves at being good

At things—where is that now?

Are we all about impeachment?

I’m not

I’m trying to live on

Very small steps, just now

Many taken in adaptation

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Well, it will be a day

That is beginning

And you will have a day that starts

Maybe there will be some magic

Maybe grace

We can hope for both

While chores and greater challenges

Take our time

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And, by the way, the people in Flint, Michigan

Need safe water

In the USA

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C L Couch

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the title is swiped—I mean, uh, an homage—to a story about a Quaker family and the Civil War

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CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1226563

filed under “peaceable kingdom” at Wikipedia (really)

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