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September 12, 2018 - Comments Off on On the steps of the Capitol… a public reading of “Tears in my Eyes”

On the steps of the Capitol… a public reading of “Tears in my Eyes”

There are tears in my eyes,
yet I’m too afraid to cry.

as they well up, I put
my mind against them.

I cross my strong arms,
and build a wall.

Why?

I am scared of what
the tears will say.

That I am
weak,
pathetic,
emotional,
un-american,
not in control.

But,

I am none of these things,
these are alternative facts.

Tears must be
left to run,
to fall,
and
drop.

Tears uncover truth,
and expose empathy.

In allowing myself to
feel the pain of the other,
the strength of their resolve,
persistance in calamity,
hope in tragedy.

I am human,
just as them.

So put things in place,
applications, interrogation,
and backgrounds checks.

But not a wall.

Don’t deny those who’ve
jumped through hoops,
crossed their t’s
and dotted countless i’s.

Stop.

Soften your strong arms,
and take down biased walls.

Be Justice.
Be Peace.
Be Hope.

For this is America.
And it is ours.

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