“Will It? Won’t It?”
That question burst forth as I noticed the shrivelled radish in my veggie bed.
It was November 3rd … a very cold day here.
I brought it indoors, put it in a tiny pottery pot
placed it in a glass jar and filled it with water.
“Will it” survive? I wondered.

Five days later
– it did!
And not just surviving
– but thriving!

It’s been very cold in the United States
with riots, political harangue, volatile tweets, social unrest.
And then November 3rd – it got even colder
as Americans went to election polls in record numbers.
Ballots were counted
Then days of waiting happened
as mail-in, military, early-voting ballots were counted.

Americans and nations around the world wondered
“Will it?”

“Will it? ”
This election – will it change things?

And then
– the results!
While still being contested
there is light at the end of the four-year tunnel.

So I focus on the little radish in my kitchen window
which gives hope in the midst of
the cold, near freezing temperatures here
the coldness of the pandemic
the coldness of the vitriol
the coldness of the threat of violence
as ballots were and continue to be counted.

The answer to
“Will it” – will the United States survive?
perhaps can be found in the shrivelled radish of November 3, 2020.

That radish is surviving.
The United States will survive.
Hope is released.
Hope is tangible.

“Will it?” – Sill hope continue?
yes, Yes, YES!

© June Maffin
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