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June 4, 2020

 

This Horror Must End!

 

I have friends who are personally affected by all of this

who have lived things Ive never lived, didnt even know

happened to people like me, except for one little thing

didnt even know it happened in the Great White North

but I learned today, talking with my Mom, that it did

our shared friends endure things of which we have no idea

and hearing was shocked, that friends knew such a thing

and I learned today, talking with a friend, that it also did

whose default words were to defend the blackened blue

and hearing was shocked, that one could say such a thing

and this evening I enjoy my safe and comfortable home

I know that tomorrow each one of my children will be safe

and I weep, knowing that other parents do not know this

have no idea if these lights are the last theyll ever see

or if theyll have the chance to be afraid of them again

and the only reason, the very only reason, is that our skin

is more different than too many evil minds can accept

and all I can do is write these words no one ever reads

and even if they did am not such a man as to move worlds

like those on whom the world waits its bated breathing

I have no power to make good what must be made good

there is no switch within my reach to turn this horror off

but my neighbours, my friends, my strangers, are hurting

and those on whom the world waits its bated breathing

who could, if they tried, change the world for the better

 

wont

 

but my neighbours, my friends, my strangers, are hurting

for no other reason but that those who have the power

for no other reason but that those who reach the switch

wont do anything, are too frightened, or much too evil

to do a thing, anything at all, to help those who, like me

just want to be able to enjoy safe and comfortable homes

sleep unworried that tomorrow their children will be safe

who just want to live as God allows, yet who, unlike me,

 

cant

 

yet if these who can wont make things good, others must

if enough of us try, maybe some of us will have the power

if enough of us try, maybe some of us can reach the switch

if those who can and should make things better wont do it

it falls to us to end this horror, on us to make life better as

 

we can

 


This Horror Must End
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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