The Great Replacement

“a more diverse, a more inclusive society.  this is fabulous news.  now we need to prevent minority white rule.”
…………………………….Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, tweeting to
………………………………..news that the number of white people fell for the first time
.……………………………….in history

Winter beat and bleached
a severed deer skull (with antlers)
perplexes the banks
of a Spring pond.

The last old man
I strive to see its living form again
but see only new weeds between
voids of eye and nose. Green flies
troll where once a scent drove ruts.

The skull lies on its side caved in,
wreathed with rue and nettle,
with ichor, thorn and petal
by the years. I strive to see
its erstwhile form again

But see only a half a century back:
Rednecks with whom I skinny dipped
this pond, this day, our daring
and only simple hazards like:
“Watch out for that Moccasin!”

Or simple maybe not:
All dead.
The more we flout decay the more
new serpents preach
or poise to strike.

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