are not an extension of your family
business. We are not another brand
of wine or clothing, or a building on
which to slap a gaudily gilded
name. We are not your obedient
minions willing to lie for you, or
live your lies, or endure your rages.
We have rages of our own—for life
and health, the fortunes of our children
and our grandchildren and their fathers
and mothers, including the four-and-a-half-billion-year-old
one upon whose bruised and injured
body we spin. Her name is not Trumplandia,
either. And she will not lie or lie down for you.
~ Kathleen Cain
Kathleen Cain is a native Nebraskan who has lived in Colorado since 1972. Her nonfiction book The Cottonwood Tree: An American Champion (2007) was selected for the Nebraska 150 Books Project. Two of her poems appeared in Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017.
Guest Editor Maril Crabtree’s latest poetry collection, Fireflies in the Gathering Dark, is a 2018 Notable Kansas Book selection. In addition to three published chapbooks, her work has appeared in Canyon Voices, Main Street Rag, Coal City Review, I-70 Review, Earth’s Daughters, and others.