The Center Cannot Hold

The center could not hold 

The center could not hold

The center cannot hold

And the center will not hold

Proclaim, the few 

“We demand a slew”

“For, we cannot ensue”

“Everything, must be anew” 

The center could not hold

The center cannot hold

And the center will not hold

Mumble, the plenty 

“We surrender for longevity”

“For, we can survive in mild passivity”

“Not everything, must be met with reactivity”

The center could not hold

The center cannot hold

And the center will not hold

It will swish, swurl, twist and turn 

It will scratch, struggle, brawl and battle

It will pray, plead, wail and weep

As it did in Dublin

As it did in San Francisco

As it did in Cairo

As one day will do here

It will swish, swurl, twist and turn 

It will scratch, struggle, brawl and battle

It will pray, plead, wail and weep

And we will bare witness from the inbetween

by Lelani

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