Poem: One Moment

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All

breaks open

in one moment of

gentleness or beauty.

Even though

sorrow seems solid

fear feels frozen

and

degradation deepens daily.

Even though

what we are watching unfold

before our eyes …

this hardening shell of

greed

and corruption,

unfettered by morality,

impervious to outrage,

is unwatchable …

Even though

all breaks open

in one moment of

gentleness or beauty.

Jeffrey Agnoli is an educator and poet who lives in Edgartown.