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What if we need suffering? What then?
Our pain a path to grow within us
resilience and then creativity;
sloppy innovation filling a bucket

of progress and prosperity for more and more.
What if we believed what Sirach wrote back then
— there is nothing new under the sun —
how many would have ceased? How many

never born? For it all, we suffer
the genocide and theriocide, femicide
and ecocide of the past, present,
and future; filling our spiral bound book

of lies because none of us prefer the truth
about anything — but I’ll keep digging
with the rest of you — sweeping the land
with my shovel, pulling the world close.

© Trapper Markelz 2020

The line “there is nothing new under the sun” is from Ecclesiastes 1:9

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