The superficial distinctions of Fascism, Bolshevism, Hitlerism, are the concern of journalists and publicists; the serious student sees in them only one root-idea of a complete conversion of social power into State power.
— Albert Jay Nock, born in 1870
That summer we opened the lake cottage,
prehistoric sound of loons before us,
decades of children at our back,
familiar sound of water
under the porch eaves.
A song magpie
hit the window
just as summer began.
You held it in your hand
bent over, unable to breathe
another year, working
under its feathers and bone.