‘Be Safe’ : A Poem by Mariann G. Wizard

“A Fox in the Hen House,” woodcut by Chet Philips / The Painter Factory.

In response to former Vice President Cheney’s ongoing fear-mongering and divisiveness.

Be Safe

“Be safe,” we say, when taking leave of friend and family member –
“Be safe,” more nuanced than it was before that one September.
Where once the phrase was meant to ward against life’s daily mishaps
(the slip on icy pavement, or in the bathtub, perhaps),
now it invokes the shadowed threat of alien freedom fighters
blowing up the local market with their bombs, the blighters!

“Be safe,” we plead, not just at home, but in a public fiction,
as if the words were something more than private benediction.
A dubious concept has been formed that we may be protected
from threats at home, threats abroad, and threats yet undetected;
if only we’ll agree to live cocooned inside a fence,
and only venture out in groups, and frightened beyond sense.

This fear gives power to the goals of certain social forces
whose wealth and influence derive from their “fence-selling” sources.
Think of the legendary fox, who seals the henhouse door,
warning the hens of darker fates; they trust their jailer more
   and more!
They fret that the sky will fall, and Fox predicts bad weather;
our own fears swirl, suspended, in a haze of shit and feathers.

Life is not safe, my dearest dears, nor can more fences save us;
thus, guard your liberty; that’s all that our Creator gave us!

Mariann G. Wizard / The Rag Blog
Austin, Texas
May 22, 2009

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2 Responses to ‘Be Safe’ : A Poem by Mariann G. Wizard

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Mariann,
    i know just what you mean,”life is not safe”,
    and i remember how much we hurt when we lose someone we love.
    But i also remember being told , there is no love without loss,
    we have to learn to accept the haze (of shit and feathers)

    Keep on thru the fog

  2. Whenever I hear or read of the uproar and panic triggered by something as commonplace as a B-747 flying over Manhattan (albeit shadowed by a jet fighter) I think, with dismay, “Yep, the terrorists have won.” First it was “Duct tape your houses” by the proprietor of the duct tape factory, then came “Watch what you say”, “It’s only a piece of paper” and “Keep an eye open for anyone suspicious-looking in your neighborhood”. Dark faces in the White House are presumably excepted. My conclusion, en fin: the terrorists, leveraging cleverly sensationalist media (owned by dark forces) have panicked and robbed the security of a people once proud of their warlike demeanor and thermonuclear bling-bling. Contemptible.

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