Poems

Jennifer Michael Hecht

 

Please Answer All Three of the Following Essay Questions

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What would it take to make you
what you truly want to be and why will no one
cooperate with you on these visions you have
of yourself, when it would be so easy for them
to finally acknowledge that you are the demon
ruler of this island world and that all we eat
here is pickled herring that we harvest
from sycamore trees in the plenitude
of summer and load into mason jars for the lean
months of the cold? Do these men and women,
your subjects, fear you more than they love you?
And what is it that they fear? Use a logical
proof; show your work.

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