In these Challenging times
you want to get right with us.
In this moment of crisis
you need to get on board.
In these difficult days
we have what you need.
In this time of crisis we are all seeking
new translations of “open sesame”
for your wallet. For your time.
For your attention, your opinion,
your locks and combinations.
In this time of panic
we need you to stay calm.
In this Critical period
we beg you to not look up
and see us and become critical.
In this unprecedented moment
we don’t want you to think of
precedents or of how
there have in fact been many
and in this moment of teeter-totter
the last thing any of us want
is for you to ask anyone anywhere
who lives on the front line every day
what it means to cower indoors
from anything and everything.
In this moment of how it feels
to worry about death everywhere
we don’t want you to worry so much
you decide to empathize with any place
that just lives this way and has for generations.
In this commerce-fucking moment
please forget the words Gaza,
Standing Rock, Afghanistan,
Ferguson, Baltimore, Darfur,
Biafra — and never mind the rest.
In this moment of confusion
we applaud the challenge of feeling,
for once, like we’re in this together
though we really aren’t. Not if we can help it.
In these moments of isolation
the last thing we really need is you
joining hands and saying enough,
enough. Now that we know,
we can never turn back.
In these challenging times
we’d rather you die
than say that.