Inspired at the London Tea Room on a Friday Afternoon

The joy in hearing your stories
O Cynical Optimist

(Your serene green eyes
Your face radiating confidence)

Like that woman who looked
Ten years into the future

And knew with whom
She needed to be standing now

Despite all the risks and dangers
The allure of playing it safe

She knew the first person plural
Was the way to go

To adapt Mother Jones
Ever so slightly

“Don’t kvetch-

And walk forward
With our fears

To discover our strength

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