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I Want a Solution

I Want a Solution
   for Charlottesville, VA

I want a solution
but my mind
offers platitudes

maybe they’re enough
to seal the gap
the whistling cold

the difference between
yesterday and today
in Charlottesville

where others carry
thoughts like a sickness
that kills them first

swinging their fever
in censers anointing
their steps with ash

walking by them
I try to keep quiet
and pass unseen

my easy answers
held out of sight
like a shut box

at every street
each body in the road
I press the lid down tighter

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Daniel Hyland

Daniel Hyland

Daniel is a Catholic writer and voice artist living in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and daughter. He believes in the power of beauty in life, nature and art as a tool of evangelism, and seeks to follow Christ through study, work and prayer. His favorite book of the Bible is the Song of Songs because of the stunning intimacy it presents both with regard to the sacrament of marriage and the marital union with God to which every soul is called in Christ. He is the proud owner of a small collection of facial hair, charitably termed a mustache.

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