Forgive the Grandfathers?

Anita Stubbs

Forgive the grandfathers? How?

FORGIVE GRANDFATHERSHow can we forget their injustices, their brutality, their waspish imperialism.
How can we forget their bullish discipline, their unbending superiority,
Their self-deluding dreams of Manifesto, their Godly Destiny,
Their autonomy to conquer, ravage, and destroy.

How can we forget? They’re still among us.
Their faces, stern, arrogant, their eyes impenetrable,
Their mouths programmed to speak outdated philosophies:
All things justified in the name of the Lord, for the deserving,
For those who abide by the Grandfather Laws.
They generate themselves,
Religiously Right in their moral judgments,
Inherited and biblicized.

Piously energetic, they have left their Mark indelibly.
Are leaving it still.
Upon the legal scrolls of the Just, the Mighty.
They jealously, zealously, intolerably,
Created Sovereignty for themselves.
Cleverly disguising it in the softer, flowing gowns of feminine garb,
They robed their Liberty in illusion, extending her arms to the poor, huddling…

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I am a private person, but need a place to publish my writings, which have accumulated over the years.   I am in the autumn of my life, and feel the need to preserve some of what I have written in forms of poetry, short stories, and articles.  I have written one novel and now am working on my second one. I live quietly with my husband of 57 years, as of this coming November, in Texas.  My ancestors first came to Texas prior to the Civil War.  Other than the five or so years when we moved out of state, I have lived my life here. Anything more you may wish to know about me, you can hopefully gather from my writings, as far as my values, my character, and my impressions of humanity -- in as much and as far as I have experienced it, or imagined it.

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