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May 31, 2021

 

Do Something.

Just. Do. Something!

 

Forget about the flags at half-staff

Do something

Forget about learning to say "Never again!"

Do something

Forget about figuring out who failed their watch

Do something

Forget about the anger and the endlessly flowing tears

Do something

Forget about the saddened words and the sudden memorials

Do something

Forget about thinking it won't happen again, it will, it always does

Just. Do. Something!

 

Because unless we all do something, and very soon

this will happen again, and again, and again.

How many more of our family must die?

It falls to us to do something,

it's on us to finally

end this

 


 

215 unmarked graves were recently discovered at one of Canadas residential schools, a school

where indigenous children, taken from their families, were to be assimilated into Canadian society.

 

Flags on Federal buildings were immediately ordered lowered to half-staff.

Leaders immediately condemned that the residential schools even existed.

Memorials were immediately set up from one end of Canada to the other.

 

Mourning. Condemnation. Remembrance.

 

All are good. None will help.

 

History cannot be undone. These 215 children, and many more, are dead.

 

Regardless of any memorial we raise. Regardless of what our ancestors did or did not do. It falls on us, here and now, to do everything that we can do to make sure such things do not happen ever again.

 

It is ours to fix this, we must do something!

 


Do Something!
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

Copyright 2021

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