Vincent Van Gogh, The Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives, 1889 (Wikimedia Commons)


The politics of hate is a hollow echo
Inside an empty seed of imagination.
Stunted ancient bitterness descending

Twisting and banging
At the backdoor of death.
A midnight branch of pain

Olive leaves disguised by the darkness
Unenlightened desperate reason
Offering little hope to all mankind.

M. L. Liebler is a Detroit-based poet, university professor, and literary-arts activist. His newest books are I Want to Be Once and Heaven Is Detroit: Essays in Detroit Music from Jazz to Hip Hop, winner of the 2018 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award.

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