Six Minutes and Twenty Seconds
The generosity of silence
Spreads as ripples on a pond or light waves
Fresh and sweet as the tears on a childs face.
We are left holding hands and signs in crayon and tempera,
That point the way forward with few
Yellow caution lights but no flashing red
Sparks from muzzles or fireworks from the halls
Of Congress. Yes, the children will lead us
Because we have fallen on our own swords
And left them wandering in the desert,
Only to water it green with their tears.
*For the brave young people from Parkland and their March for Our Lives
Yes! This is beautiful! And absolutely right. Those young people are incredible.
Wonderful, Kathleen. Those kids have restored hope to my soul, which had gotten discouraged. They are amazing. I love your poem. So good to see you writing!