Wishful
After Grandola vila morena

This poem wants to be played on the radio
to announce the start of the uprising.

It wants people to link arms in the street
and sing it, teary-eyed.

This poem wants to believe in
fraternity and equality but
knows it can hardly say the words
without a smirk.

It doesn’t admire skeptics.

Because it doesn’t admire skeptics,
this poem tries not to smirk
when it says the words
fraternity and equality.

It wants to believe, but knows
eyes will not tear up
as people link arms to sing it
in the street.

It will not announce the start of the uprising
when it is played on the radio.

© Mary Lee Bragg