I have struggled with what words to say as horrible events have unfolded across the country and even across the world. This was the best I could do.
Do you remember sitting at your middle school desk
Looking at bloody pictures that told the brutal
Story of history, and the hate humans had shown each other
And because no one had told you differently
You thought you would have been able to change the world
And stop the shouted curses from turning to gas chambers
If I had been alive then, I would have been on the good side, you think
I would have stood for what was right
Helped slaves along on the Underground Railroad
Lied to the Gestapo as I sent Jews to safety
Marched hand in hand with those who look different
Let me remind you
You are alive now.
We are the ones who decide if more bloody chapters
Will be added to our children’s history books