Fresh Scent (a poem)

by remysaverem

Photo Credit Evie Shaffer © 2020

What does community smell like?

Well, I’ll tell you what it’s not:

the noxious effect of tear gas

that fills our masks with snot;

the stinging splash of pepper,

whether sprayed or shot.

For firing those at peaceful protesters,

cops should be fired, on the spot.

No, it smells like Spring,

fresh, blooming things,

from group meetings to huge crowds.

From a Boop of goop

to our tremendous Troop,

raising our voices loud.

A whiff of independence

and autonomy.

A hint of interdependence

in groups of affinity.

A blend of spicy sentiments,

emotions raw, in need of soothing.

Determination,

activation,

motivation,

moving.

Aroma of our sharing skills,

from our medic kits to art.

The sweetest flower essence:

people bonding from the heart.

By

Ellen

for BoopTroopEugene

6/14/20

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