POETRY FORMAT, 24 Jun 2019
On a hot, dry, smoggy day in Los Angeles,
a military jet roars over my house,
leaving a beautiful white vapor trail.
Nothing to fear.
I am looking at a newspaper photo of Syria.
Well-tended fields, pine trees,
lush green hills, a country house.
I imagine a cool stream, fresh air,
light breeze, and sheep.
But a bomber has just
blown up an ammunition dump.
and black smoke billows into the blue sky.
What do the sheep do now?
What do I do?
Tom Greening: I engage in five professional activities: faculty member at Saybrook University; private practice of psychotherapy; clinical professor of psychology, UCLA; international editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology; writing (poetry). www.tomgreening.com
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 24 Jun 2019.
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