by Marjorie Power
—after hearing Greta Thunberg’s speech at the U.N., 9/23/19
She’s a lungful
of cold clean air
in a foul-smelling wind,
granddaughter spirit of a healing witch,
the voice of one
crying in our plastic wilderness.
A little child shall lead them.
They won’t burn her at the stake.
The foul wind works
fast, and will suffice.
She’s the last word.
Our gabble continues.
—from her book Sufficient Emptiness, published in 2021 by Deerbrook Editions