Originally posted 7/14/2010.
That lump we can see
in the near distance
is a nation.
We once thought it motionless but
are beginning to think
it may be moving.
Hard to say from here.
If it is moving,
it appears to be crawling.
We have heard from the citizens of that nation
that some among the masses there
believe they are standing tall.
Others believe that they are crushed flat
by those who believe
they’re standing tall on their own
but who in fact are standing
Perhaps no one in the nation
is crawling at all,
and no one is completely still;
maybe what we see from here
is the ground
from beneath them.
That nation seemed so far away,
once upon a time,
and we were impartial observers
from this high vantage point.
We’d thought we’d found the perfect spot
to watch it happen from a distance.
Now we have to admit
that right where we’re standing
the footing is starting to writhe.