Is it delusion, this persistent return of the positive
in the face of all the political chaos?
Is it foolish optimism, this persistent return of the
positive in the face of international violence and war?
Is it denial, this persistent return of the positive
in the face of environmental disasters?
Is it blind certainty, this persistent return to
the mantra, “Oh, it will be okay”?
Is it stupid faith and abdication of responsibility
like the people who say God will never let this/that/the other
happen, this persistent return of the positive in the
face of this/that/the other?
Or is it realistic to say while we are doing everything
to right the course, that if we fail and the very worst
continues with dire and disastrous consequences that not
all is lost, just us, and that the earth will be restored
and the universe will continue to expand and maybe that
loss isn’t so bad — all things considered?
Is it hopeful to say with Julian of Norwich that “All
shall be well, all shall be well, all manner of things
shall be well”?
Is it this persistent return to the realistic, hopeful?
Creator/Redeemer/Sustainer into thy hands I commend
my spirit — come what may.
Or should it be just abject resignation? “If that’s all
there is, my friend, then break out the booze and let’s