an idea for a poem--day 20 NaPoWriMo
Looking in their fifty-year mirror, they see us—
grandparents—what we tried and failed to do.
Five decades ago we marched for free speech, against
war and our government’s hypocrisy.
Now children are “doing it for themselves” again--
marching for their lives against violence.
Where we failed to raise kinship (despite MLK),
and founded identity politics—
They marry school massacres to police shootings
and neighborhood un-safety.
Looking in this fifty-year mirror, we find hope
stir again. We see fire instead of ash.
Our attention turns to the seeds buried under
the burnt forests, to seeds and how they sprout.
Did we nurture them? Did they emerge despite us?
Did we at least expose the enemy?
More importantly, will we support them now,
or want to remain “fairest of them all”?
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