I drafted this poem today in response to Irene Latham & Charles Water’s poem “Justice” in Dictionary for a Better World. I wrote alongside my students.
For two years,
a virus kept us at arms length,
Loved ones were available
only by phone or video.
Some struggled to survive.
As spring blooms,
we can thank
developed in the flash of an eye,
shot hope into our arms.
We cheered health workers,
thanked grocery clerks,
appreciated a walk outside.
We have been given
a new chance —
a fresh start.
What legacy of good
will you leave in
Will you bring back
selfish, me-first vibes
that truly separated us
in the first place?
we stay united, brothers and sisters.
4 thoughts on “United”
A call to action for kindness, generosity, and positivity. Thank you for this.
Your sentiment has my vote as well. I love the image of you writing along with your kids.
I love how you chose words shared in three lines.
A few favs:
arms length – locked away – available only – shot hope into our arms.
And then end with a comparison questions.
LOVE this poem!!
Love the optimism of this poem. A much needed reprieve from a soul heavy week.
We’ve got this! “We stay united, brothers and sisters.”