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Eye of the Optimist-Change (poem)

Change is what happens;
Something always happens.
Things move and, therefore,
Are transformed.
We can’t help it.
We can’t always make it happen, either,
Though sometimes we can.
We may not notice it,
Though right before our eyes.
It may be insidious.
Else, it may be humungous and obvious,
Volcanic or stormy,
If not stealthily velvet or
Murky, like deceit.
While, at times, we are astonished,
Thrilled yet scared, and shaken by change,
We may feel false peace, for
We may not notice the movement,
The way we don’t feel the spinning of the Earth
And the rocks burning
Right under our feet.
We may believe that that breeze blowing
Is just the passign of the day, and nothing more.
Yet, the day itself is weighty;
It carries quite a load,
Considering all the people and things,
And the particular can arise, all the while.
We can be fooled into thinking what is
Is not, or
Into thinking that what is not is.
Some politicians, of course,
Say what has not changed has,
Or what has changed has not.
They often make promises,
Either devious or oblivious,
Which nature, never mind person, may not keep.
The scientists must carry out
Meticulous observation
And dedicated discussion,
Based on careful measurements
Of precise calculation
And persistently persistently take note and report.
In fact, they need supporters, for their word
Many do not heed.
Beware. Look.
You can count on change,
Even if you don’t know who
Or what exactly it is,
But not on your dreams,
Not even on your plans,
For change likes surprise
Or simply has set its own course,
Despite what people think or do.
If you do as scientists do,
Are honest and take note,
It is best to go with the flow,
Don’t fight change,
But fight for it.
Follow the truth.
Facilitate and speak for it.
You cannot fight nature,
In the end, but
You can fight with it
And for it.
Do right.
March 19, 2016

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