I spoke the other day about how I’m watching our species move from a When Species to a How Species in response to COVID-19. Looking ahead I’m curious about what we will be willing to stand up for? Speak out for? Fight for? I was one of the lucky ones who was taught poetry in grammar school and invited to love it as language and imagery. To me poetry is a form of expression like a story in fewer words. I’m invigorated by the advocacy of Suzanna Arundahti Roy’s poem: Ready to Imagine Another World and I’d like to share it with you:
READY TO IMAGINE ANOTHER WORLD
“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew.
This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.
We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us.
Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” [Arundhati Roy]
I’d like to know: What world are you imagining and where are you ready to fight for it?
Suzanna Arundhati Roy is an Indian author best known for her novel The God of Small Things, which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997