Friday, October 3, 2014

Marge Piercy: "A Just Anger"

Anger shines through me.
Anger shines through me.
I am a burning bush.
My rage is a cloud of flame.
My rage is a cloud of flame
in which I walk
seeking justice
like a precipice.
How the streets
of the iron city
flicker, flicker,
and the dirty air
Anger storms
between me and things,
A good anger acted upon
is beautiful as lightning
and swift with power.
A good anger swallowed,
a good anger swallowed
clots the blood
to slime.

"A Just Anger" by Marge Piercy, from Circles on the Water. © Knopf, 1982.  

Art credit: "Lightnings in the ash plume in the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland," photograph by © Sigurdur Stefnisson, taken on April 17, 2010 (originally color).


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