Imagine standing by a cherished child,
a child threatened by strong winds and unsure footing
while standing toes on the edge of a rocky cliff.
Her pain your anguish. Her fear your terror.
Imagine hearing your child speak of abuse,
a bully on the street or degradation in the workplace.
His defense would be your priority.
His pain your anguish. His fear your terror.
Women found the courage to confront Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh,
Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and more. The sexually traumatized,
belittled and ridiculed by Congress, suffered in the public square.
Women’s pain and fear not felt.
People of color have taught their children how to conform,
be subservient to the power of law enforcement
because their lives depend on compromised, personal worth.
Black lives not heard and pain not felt.
Muslims, Jews and refugees victimized by hate crimes seek peace.
Children snatched from parents’ arms are thrown into cages.
Too many Congressmen walked in lockstep with a want-a-be dictator.
The cries not heard and the pain not felt.
January 6, 2021 a mob of traitors infiltrated
the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol.
Outraged, Congress demanded justice.
Congress knew fear and pain.
Now we see the priorities – the safety of Congressional bodies.
Where was empathy for the women? Who in Congress cried for the children?
Who in Congress believes that Black Lives matter? Who sees the plight of the poor?
The breach of the Capitol, democratic values, happened long before January 6, 2021.