Hold It All

by Mark Chmiel

Hold it all

The sun blasting away and the clouds offering respite
June 1968 and July 1988
The nights I used to work at the Bristol Bar and Grill and the mornings Sara Wall worked at Coffee Cartel
Ho Chi Minh and Thich Nhat Hanh
Dang Thuy Tram and Cao Ngoc Phuong
Palestine and Vietnam
Cuba and Iraq
Sadhana and satyagraha
Mantra and empowering direct action
Memory and mindfulness

Hold it all

Art and resistance
Utopia and eutopia
Che’s “pick up my gun” and Thay’s “breathe in, breathe out”
Kaddish and  Coney Island of the Mind
George Steiner’s elitism and Peter Maurin’s populism
Righteous indignation and serene detachment
Nima’s liberation psychiatry and Adi Ophir’s moral ontology
“Do you really have to go?” and “Fare thee well”
People Power and the Power of One
Embracing and letting go

Hold it all

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