A critical place

How soon is history
dissolved in fashion
and the traditions and
ways that once oppressed
are fondled with delight
and recast as flag waving
nostalgia for the past.

Let’s not go to such a critical
place , you say, for to be
there is to confront what we have
been and then it is difficult to
turn away from what
we need to become as full
citizens of a more inclusive order.