|Mount Rushmore patinated with lichen|
A raucous confident “Roaring Twenties”
dreamt of noble statues cut in granite cliffs,
gigantic torsos with lofty heads
to haughtily survey the land and loot
of yesterday’s Manifest Destiny spree.
Four dynamic giants, wise and stony,
George, Tom, Teddy, and Abe,
towering and savvy.
But, war with Germany interrupts.
Budget cuts …
Those heroic torso plans get ditched.
Hitchcock later concocts
the zaniest of daring dream-chases,
those four iconic, stern, paternal faces.
More budget cuts …
Green slime and sly lichens smirk in delight
as care is rationed
in a pinching austere clime.
But, a German firm, in 2005,
intercedes, presents a plan, and
generously donates a free pressure-wash,
the four solid upright faces –– of yesterday.
How we yearn, how we flock,
with selfie stick aloft,
to see our better selves.
~ Kathy Zwick (1941- )
|Mount Rushmore after its German facelift|
[NOTE: Kathy (Sanderson) Zwick taught history, literature, and creative writing in international schools in Brussels, Tehran, and London for over 30 years. However, she did not really spend time on her own writing until after she retired. In 2006 she submitted one of her first poems to a competition sponsored by a UK national bookstore and, to her surprise, won. Again, to her surprise, the prize was a collection of poetry books featuring the newly restored edition of Ariel, with a foreword by Frieda Hughes. Since then, she has had poems published in several UK anthologies including a sonnet anthology, Hand Luggage Only, The Brownsbank Anthology, The Hippocrates Prize, The Ver Prize 2015, and a human rights anthology, In Protest. Many of her poems play with ideas stemming from the quirks and ironies of history. Kathy also happems to be a high school classmate of FreeThinke. The two have known each other since 1954.]
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