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