Poem for Maggie

Dear Maggie
if people cared less
about your passing
or felt less willing
to pay for your parade
this too was what you did
to us.

And if people turn backs
or appear a little harsh
and cruel
then remember, iron lady
this caring less
this selfishness
was you.

So let the pomp begin
and let the men in fine coats
begin their parades
and let the police secure their lines
and flash their notes

But may this funeral march
also mark the death
of your -ism’s cruel enmity
from society’s ashes
rise Assisi’s kindness
in community.