So many Americans who had felt pride in our country
now feel anguish and shame, for the current regime
of blood, wounds and fire.
I thought of the clean linens at your table,
the shining knives and the flames of the candles,
and I could not stomach it.
Sharon Olds, in an open letter to Laura Bush, declining the latter's invitation to present at the National Book Festival.
Thanks to Poetaxingon for the timely reminde