Monday, Monday, so good to me…Monday mornin´, it was all I hoped it would be

"America United," via google images

Another week is starting.  Possibly a new and different chapter in the USA’s pathway towards a more “perfect union.” Maybe.

Chaya Bhuvaneswar shares,

"Today: a hopeful conversation with a passing police officer, who was gracious and pale and stately in his well-pressed uniform, a "life-er" at least sixty years old, a fit sixty. I wished that there had been more cops like him in Charlottesville, to prevent violence. He said, "It's not a good time for the country right now, but you and me, we're going to make things better" even though I'd never seen him before. All he knew about me was that I'm here, American.

"A citizen. Bringing to mind Claudia Rankine's magnificent poem, "Citizen", winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and joyously so. 

"It's in that hope - that there is going to be a better time, that there will have to be a time we will look back on these years and cherish our freedoms all the more because of the ways our 'more perfect union' has been so fundamentally threatened and dismissed - that I wrote this piece up now at the Michigan Quarterly Review Blog.

"Please read and write more about this and other related topics in the politics of now. The politics of hope. Always."

Here is the link to Bhuvaneswar’s "Safe: Meditations on Charlottesville and Beyond." 

Chaya Bhuvaneswar (photo provided)

Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a practicing physician and writer whose work has appeared in Nimrod, South Asian Magazine of Action and Reflection, the Asian American Literary Review, Blue Lake Review and Sante Fe Writers Project. She has received a Henfield Transatlantic Review award and scholarship to the Squaw Valley Writers workshop for her writing.  Her fiction work, “The Life You Save Isn’t Your Own” is in aaduna’s spring 2017 anniversary issue.  Chaya will inaugurate a new feature of critical literary analysis for aaduna starting with its fall/winter 2017 issue.