28 January 2017

Forced into Wholeness

“When fascism comes to America, it will be   
wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” 

When fascists openly
divide us into lines
defined by religion
and country, white wakes up—
we repent and pray for
forgiveness.  We offer
to repay with service
the neglect of our past.

Finally needing to
move beyond privilege
in senses, mobility,
class, gender and skin color—
we gather in the streets
to telegraph our protest
in facial expressions
and holy sign language.

Even those who can’t see
strategize with neighbors,
plant symbols in gardens
and harvest together—
and those who can’t Facebook
or Twitter surf over
libraries to learn from
the runoff experience.

We travel to stand with
the attacked, imprisoned,
forsaken and betrayed.
They can’t shoot all of us;
and to know this great love—
this wholeness unheeded
for so long—is to live
triumphant at long last.

My blog poems are rough drafts.
Please respect my copyright.

© 2017 Susan L. Chast


Sherry Blue Sky said...

They can't shoot all of us. A great poem. I hope Congress grows a backbone, and soon.

Martin Kloess said...

Here is a bitter truth, which you stated in the opening line. "When fascists openly divide us into lines..." What side does the majority stand on?

Therisa's World said...

As a minority, within a minority, your words ring true, Susan. For if, no one stands up, for the Muslims, whether US citizens or visitors, the LGBT+ community is the next target, for Trump and his goons to attack, with total impunity.

Kellyann said...

I love this. Thanks, Susan!