Strange Times: A poem by Jon Bishop

By Jon Bishop


Strange Times

Strange times, ours.
Be great, we tell
our children,
but then,
as they grow up,
we quietly—
but with force—
step on their
shuttling them off
into jobs that pay
well but don’t do
much for the soul.

There are smashed
writers, painters,
musicians, actors
all working at your
local office, all who
bear their lives with
dignity but often sit
at home, in the middle
of the night, perhaps
with a few drinks—the
family is asleep; no one
will know—and can’t
help but think:  why?

Jon Bishop is a Massachusetts-based writer. He has published fiction, essays, and poetry in Boston Literary Magazine, the Arts Fuse, Crux, Millennial, and Liberty Island.

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