Silence in These Days

The most upsetting thing about these days

Is where the ears attend


So many suffer in silence.


People who are homeless on the street,

bundles of clothes just lying there as

we stride past


Black families quietly mourning their sons and daughters,

Afraid that their sorrow will be seen as rage as

we drive by


People with demons in their minds

sitting alone in a room, trapped by a cage that

we can’t see


Refugees scream as their children drown

in the middle of an ocean

we don’t cross


Women without access to contraception,

Needing to make a horrible choice in a backroom, believing that

we don’t care


All our brothers and sisters

alone and ignored

we are so used to their invisibility


that when a person has the power

And courage to speak up,

We ask why they weren’t silent.

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