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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