Once Again, the Moon is Down

(For Ellen who suggested I read Steinbeck’s short story)

Once again
The moon is down

Soldiers advance
In silent cadence

Sovereignty evaporates
When tyrants dream

Women and children flee
Amid silent prayers

Hope is diminished
When tyrants dream

When night comes
When the moon is down

Women men and children
Existing between life and death

Focus on resistance
When tyrants dream

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.