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February 19, 2024

It Won't Be Enough

By Robin Wyatt Dunn

It Won't Be Enough

It won't be enough to say that we meant for it to do well. How could we have meant otherwise? Americans always mean well. We mean so well.

Americans are going away. We're going away. Please don't worry about us. We have many things to do, in our end.

We were always so interested in salvation. We wanted to be saved. Now we know it isn't necessary, either to save us or to save you.

But we're going to divorce Americans from 'we.' The eternal reinvention of Americans now means we must end Americans. We're going to be somebody else.

What a wonderful opportunity! For Americans without Americans.

Do we still mean well?

I've taken off my hat. The sky is clouded, and the long road ahead, like a serpent, shakes my body in its teeth.

Some Greek hero you never heard about who failed against the monster.
Inside I'm waiting for which words it will be.

Article © Robin Wyatt Dunn. All rights reserved.
Published on 2018-10-22
Image(s) are public domain.
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