Monday, November 7, 2016

The Day Before the Election 2016

photo © Mark Butkus 2016
"The heart holds it all."

I ride my bicycle to the store,
through this tiny village,
far from my birthplace,
that collective mind thing
called country, ourselves,
divided from the rest of humanity
by the flimsiest of imaginary boundaries,
down this river stone street
lined with the houses of my neighbors,
outside this lonely skull,
"Build a wall! Build a wall!"
the muddled voice demands
echoing in the cavern,
"You are alone! You are alone!"
the voice comes back,
because such is the brain's deception.
Rubber tires jolt over the track,
and then, I am outside that thought, that mind,
and the illusion is dispelled.
Buenos días Ruu-cell!"
my friend, the shopkeeper says,
"How are you today?" he asks in English.
I smile and return the greeting.
The heart holds it all,
and the river flows on.


— Russell Rosander


Like a lot of people today, Russell Rosander has been engaged in conversation about tomorrow's election. An election, that many say will dictate the course of the United States for far longer than the next four years. Russell, was able to take one of those conversations and channel his creative energies into the basis of this poem. A poem about neighbors. Friends.

An artist and poet living in the Costalegre of Mexico, Russell Rosander is also a co-founder of the Bar None Group. He hosts weekly readings and discussions on poetry, art, music and literature...but mostly poetry at Chynna's Backstage Bar in Barra de Navidad, Mexico. You can find more of his writing at Russell Rosander Short Stories.

Russell's latest chapbook of poetry — Seeds Awakening — reflect the author's thoughts and observations in the first quarter of 2016. He has  three other limited edition volumes of poetry — The Devil is the Creator, Heart of One and MotMots Emergency — available for purchase at his Friday appearances at Hector's Corner Bar in Barra de Navidad. Copies are also available at Babalu's Café and Books in Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico.

And one more thing, if you haven't already done so...vote!