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Brush & Quill

Brush & Quill

written by: Cindy Medina



Those ‘Philosophes’ in salons
in the French City of Lights
of the Century of Lights
did send forth, via feathered
quill, such Light of Reason
as to rival sagely Confucius’
calligraphy brush millennia prior.
Which Lights, East or West,
spawned countless others.

In the East:
silk-clad scholars
paper and ink libraries
scores of inventions
lantern-lit pharmacies
courtesy, family, kindness.

In the West:
Lady Liberty’s torch
libraries and schools
scores of inventions
aircraft delivering aid
towering grain silos.

Which Light:
sustained glorious Old China
for millennia
stayed the slaver’s flail
halted dread slave ships
burst asunder shackles
muzzled vicious fanaticism
locked the cruel crushing gears
of the Unholy Inquisition
dared to question everything
established free speech and press.

All this, come forth not by chance but of Reason.
Now beware:

Lanterns are easily smashed.
Light bulbs are fragile.
Candles are quickly snuffed.

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