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Poem: “Third Wave”

(Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters)

“The statistics were/like our scores—and we wanted/to lead the boards…”

“Third Wave”

I.

We started to treat 

it as we did aliens 

on the game console—

unreal entities to be 

taunted and harangued in jest. 

II.

The statistics were 

like our scores—and we wanted 

to lead the boards, which 

we did with unabashed 

infamy and inapt pride.

III.

But the true tale was

more akin to Card’s tragic

Ender’s Game, as the

lives lost were real, with the dead 

in refrigerated trucks.

Living in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania, Michele Mekel wears many hats of her choosing: writer and editor; educator and bioethicist; poetess and creatrix; cat herder and chief can opener; witch and woman; and, above all, human. Her work has appeared in various academic and creative publications and was featured on Garrison Keillor’s podcast, “The Writer’s Almanac.” Michele can be found on Instagram @ShaktiEnergy

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