I am a mother, and one among the Mothers
I feel the stinging of tears
When I watch another grainy film
Another life snuffed out, so young in years
Shot in the back
Tased in the face
I watch in horror,
Without due process
murder now acceptable
Because of skin color,
sin becomes malleable
When, in public discourse, has property
become more consequential than life?
If someone killed my child, I would burn things, too
Completely understandable is the strife
Yet the destruction also wounds,
Hijacking the message, rendering the point moot
Business owners’ passion and dreams
Nefarious double agents burn and loot
Why can’t we feel compassion for the black lives’ fight?
Why can’t we feel a longing for black lives’ rights?
As I reflect upon my white privilege, willful ignorance, in hindsight
I am stupefied in my realization that this has been going on in plain sight
Cult news TV agitprop,
Red meat for the base
Gaslighting the ignorant,
Moral compasses defaced.
Sharing social media memes to get that dopamine fix
Preaching to the choir, get in your licks
Feels so empowering to copy and paste?
Carping your life away, what a waste
Our elementary school children
Must learn active shooter drills
Our Gawd-given 2A rights,
Say the NRA shills.
What will it take for us to feel empathy that unites us?
To lead by example, not hate that divides us?
To teach positivity and tolerance to our children
To weed out this hate from our sickened nation?
Don’t we, as mothers, owe it to our kids
To show them that we are better than all of this?
Lock arms together, march for the cause
Diffuse the hatred, bring pause
Motherhood is sisterhood
We feel each other’s pain
When one of our children dies
Even worse when in vain
Violence begets more violence
Hate breeds more hate
Who else can stop this circular pollution?
Stop fighting, start listening and there’s the solution.
Mothers’ love knows no bounds
Mothers, you can burn the status quo down
Now is the time to use your voice to vote and to teach
The tide is near turning, it is just within reach
By Dawn D
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