So there are others
like myself, in constant conflict
but comes a day, on a walk perhaps,
the lone egret flies from a bush
and the milkweed someone planted
is laden with monarchs,
the ones not yet extinct
alarm my continuous rage colliding
with the natural world and those left,
who attach bumper stickers to electric cars,
wear cotton and conserve water,
carry reused paper bags,
surround me with a can-do moment of hope.
They are like those kind birds
with feathers bursting in day breaking hues,
who still fly in my field of vision
making the general state of the world
appear askewly in focus.
Laurie Kuntz is an award-winning poet and film producer. She taught creative writing and poetry in Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Many of her poetic themes are a result of her working with Southeast Asian refugees for over a decade after the Vietnam War years. She has published two poetry collections (The Moon Over My Mother’s House and Somewhere in the Telling), and two chapbooks (Simple Gestures and Women at the Onsen), as well as an ESL reader (The New Arrival, Books 1 & 2). Her poems, Darnella’s Duty and Not Drowning But Waving have been produced in a podcast from LKMNDS and her poem, Darnella's Duty is published in a new Black Lives Matter Anthology. Her two ESL books have been featured on the podcast ESL for Equality. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her chapbook, Simple Gestures, won the Texas Review Poetry Chapbook Contest. She has produced documentaries on the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Law, and currently is a researcher/producer for a documentary on the Colombian peace process and reintegration of guerrilla soldiers in Colombia. She is the executive producer of an Emmy winning short narrative film, Posthumous. Recently retired, she lives in an endless summer state of mind.