2023 and the Second Person Singular

2023 and the Second Person Singular

2023 dawns
and you’re still writing
in the second person singular

you think of the Ukraine war
and you think
satire is the first casualty of war
then you think
maybe you should throw out glibness too

you think of evil
and you see Putin’s face
you think of heroism
and you see Zelensky’s face
you think of Ukraine
and you see

headscarves and overcoats hunched around a guttering candle

and you think
this second person singular thing
is not providing the distance
you expected.

Taking part in Open Link weekend over at earthweal,

9 thoughts on “2023 and the Second Person Singular

  1. Brendan

    Fine examination of the second person singular when looking for a stance on history. It works until you get a Trump or Putin an all satire is lost. (Global warming events do that too.) It mostly works as a scolding voice for my past self.

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