We asked conservatives that question in June.

And hand in hand

On the back steps,


my pregnant sister and I

Wistfully remember summers

here – warm and long ­

A life this awful August

will deny

Her baby, whose presence

now is slightly wrong.

Cool wind moves the little

field of loosestrife.

Their lavender tips are lurid

in the darkening day.

My dearest parents, these

grounds will glow again

with life

Only after we have gone away.

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