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  • Nance Harding, MAHS-LPC

Spiraling Around the Issues of Our Time


I received the poem Oh Say Can You See in 1982. I use the word received because the words woke me abruptly in the early morning demanding to be written down. It's been edited very little and I do not claim it to be a good poem. It was eventually published in the University of New Orleans' student literary journal, Elipsis.


These poems or messages from beyond have come to me since I was a child. I share this one so the generations after me know that just as the individual self spirals around personal issues, the collective spirals around the cultural and political issues. There are definitions below.




Oh . . . say can you see


by the dawn’s early light


the shining egg wash


on the apple pie


Mama baked last night.



Oh . . . say can you see


at the twilights’ last gleaming


the funny yellow haze


scaring the city


while the dragons lay dreaming?



OH! say can YOU see


the bombs bursting in air


while Uncle’s* hubris


gingerly fingers


our most barbaric flair?




Say! Can you SEE


the mirror images


cast before grinning


teeth made white by years of


fluoridated Kool-Aid?




You! Seeeeeeeee


the great ball


with pock marks


from greasy


grimy gooey


Yum, yums.



SEE!


The ESTers*


The questers


The charismatic* flip


flops turned white


with doughboy* fear.





Oh Say Can You See - Elispsis, 1982


Art: Premonition, Remedios Varo, 1953


*Uncle Sam The abbreviation of United States


*ESTer - Erhard Seminars Training aka EST. Its offspring is known as Landmark Worldwide


*Doughboy - U.S. infantrymen in WWI



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