Peter Has Cousins Who Voted for Trump (COVID)

and that is not the whole story that is not the entire poem

because those cousins of course are not just one thing.

For the most part they do not read poems

although one son in law, a Southerner, not only

reads them he writes them.  Flowery Southern poems with beauty

and hope. Trump voting cousin is more than kind,

generous even, a good  listener, good parent.

He  can even play piano.  When we try to imagine

how to talk to one another now, who is standing  on the other side,

not conceding this election, not recognizing what fair means, when we try

to figure out how dialogue will happen because dialogue is what we need,

I think about this cousin and so I wrote him an email with Now What

in the subject line.  We’ll all try is what he said.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. I loved this. But I have to say, “We all try” reminded me of the classic response: “Don’t try, just do.” So I shared your poem with family who might also like to think of the multidimensional human beings on the other side. It’s a start I guess.

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