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Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

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Friendly Persuasion


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


Thank goodness we have

All the measures that we have

In place, facilities and people

Exhausted now, even the facilities


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


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


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

Need safe water

In the USA


C L Couch



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


CC BY-SA 3.0,

filed under “peaceable kingdom” at Wikipedia (really)


Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion


Everyone is waiting for you

No one is waiting for you


No one ever waits

Waiting is prerogative out

Of necessity

If we can choose to stand still

For a time, we have done

Well, if



Anyone who thinks waiting

Is a choice


Seeming inevitability,


She or he is on to something

It’s a choice as opposed to

Stamping feet or yowling,

Thinking that would

Change anything

Or a create a surrogate procedure

(though one could place an ad)

Patience as a rule

Should be a rule


There is another aspect

That is waiting as attendance

Wait on a table

Wait on a family member

Or a friend in need

Wait on the Lord

This is service

On the whole, it isn’t bad

It numbers as a virtue

Sometimes we wait for numbers, too

Hey, I know

I’ll wait with you


C L Couch



Photo by Banter Snaps on Unsplash

Friendly Persuasion a novel by Jessamyn West, a film directed by William Wyler.


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