A House Divided

November 10, 2016 § 2 Comments

This is a blog to showcase my writing and to share the thoughts and inspirations that led to those efforts. It is not a blog to discuss my views or my beliefs. Occasionally, however, the areas overlap and intersect. Such is the case here.

Unless you are dead, in a coma, or on a remote island with no access to internet or newspapers, you know that the Trump era has begun and that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. Much can and has already been said about the hopes and fears for a Trump presidency, and I won’t address any of them here.

It is, however, clear to see from the just concluded campaign that there is a serious divide in this nation. After seeing a quote from author Toni Morrison – “ This is precisely the time when artists go to work—not when everything is fine, but in times of dread. That’s our job!” – I decided to try to channel what I was feeling and thinking into the written word but in a way that could transcend the mere political. Here is the result.

Across The Divide

There’s a distance grown between us
When it started, I don’t know
Somewhere along the way, we grew apart
Now I stand here at the crossroads
I’m not sure which way to go
Only know I must protect my heart

Now, I find myself on the other side
Wondering, can I reach across the divide

I guess I never really knew you
Or who you were inside
From where I stand, that cuts the other way
We took it all for granted
Assumed each felt the same
Now it seems we’ve nothing left to say

Caught in the light of day, there’s nowhere to hide
Wondering, can I reach across the divide

It’s clear that we don’t think or feel the same
No longer sure of common ground
Ready and willing to assign the blame
What we once shared – tossed aside without a sound

The future is uncertain
The past, not what it seemed
I’m left to wonder what was ever real
Somewhere along the way
We started chasing different dreams
Now we’re hurt and wondering how to heal

Feels like I’m trying to swim against the tide
Wondering, can I reach across the divide

Feels like I’m trying to swim against the tide
Wondering, can I reach across the divide

© 2017 Walt Huntsman. All rights reserved.


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