We Will Rest Not, George Floyd

Brazen with whiteness four toads exerted presence cuffed and killed a man “I can’t breathe.” On the front lawn of America stripped of empathy the leader knelt Not in prayer – reverence burns his lips – he knelt with authority or his version, venomous Three looked on ignored pleas gloated in the horror of life’s […]

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Juneteenth

How many years slavery raping rights before laws catch up? How many years fears and prejudices persist until humanity catches up? (For Reena’s Exploration Challenge:Juneteenth.  Image mine.)

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Wrong Place

Temporarily encamped in enemy territory, a confidante, observer, practicing external camouflage – a dangerous game. Am witness to hatred – the deep-seated, ‘us’ vs ‘them’ mentality that divides – vulnerability on high – I am clearly ‘other’ – a tourist trapped, powerless to affect change, in need of escape.

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What’s In a Name?

What’s her name? Simple question from mother to son – recognizing the love-lifted joy of his countenance. I cannot tell, said he, you’ll ask too many questions. Do I know her? No, Mom, she’s Somali. And Muslim. I felt my whiteness and all its privilege slap me, stumbled Of course she is welcome, of course […]

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