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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Laura Grace Weldon

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Earth 2050

Culture evolves in leaps
(despite predictable backslides
into fear's white-hot wrongs).

One such advance took place this year
during the global referendum of
Coming Generation representatives

who unanimously decreed
all who command armed forces
must be grandmothers,

preference given
to great-grandmothers.
These Matriarch-led forces

will counter aggression and oppression
with the weapons long known to their leaders:
shared stories, fierce honesty, tenderness.