When your younger brother runs around the house with scissors, you should definitely object. ~ Vocabulary.com
Dedicated to @VinceSchilling and his wife @DelSchilling and their absolutely hilarious and heartbreaking tweets .
I’m not feeling at all amorous
as I wade into the forbidden fray
of squabbling neighbors who are unprepared
to be hospitable and welcome dissidents.
I summon agape.
People expect me to choose
sides, and I am here to hold
space for the silenced. I notice
other compassionate ones in this fight.
Recognizing each other, we light up
the field and connect like artists
who are instructed by the white space
between brushstrokes. My ears are cocked
for the sounds of the ones
we haven’t included. I’m inviting
the silenced to sing. Their laughter
rings, only obvious after I’ve
blocked the streams to Tweeted
hate and lies. See the clear signs
they’ve been holding patiently?
And their chilling message:
What was done to us
will be done to you
by hate inscribed long ago
in the books of law
you profess to cherish.
Listen. Long the objects of oppression,
we survived. Ah, the truths we could disclose
if you would only let go of the fear
waves broadcasting relentlessly
and open your wise hearts.
FOWC Prompt: Object
Daily Addictions Prompt: Disclose
Alan’s Recycling Bin: Forbidden
Word of the Day Challenge: Amorous