Ship of State

10 December 2017

Democracy is an anchorage
of sweet fluidity,
an anchorage not ice-bound,
but one of water
ever in motion.  When events
seem to become
too conservative, liberalism flows in
to loosen the rigidity
that threatens to impact
the ship.  Congress is
like a team of rowers,
their oars the legislation
they write, and pass into law,
diverse rowers of a single ship
that can only be rowed in one direction
at any given time;
each one a rower of distinct
ability that must find
common rhythm to move the ship
forward, to keep
America afloat, to keep
America anchored in the sweet
fluidity of democracy.

Philip Kuepper
(9 November 2017)

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