Somewhere in all the movement
I set down the megaphone,
Still hearing the echo of my own voice
As it traveled
North, East, South, West,
On to, up and down Main street;
Social leaders don’t choose
the precise moment
When they thus become
“Accidental” leadership
–The moment chooses them;
Nor do they choose
Exactly when
their time eclipses;
Social injustice
Is a warfare,
and of daily heartbreak;
The activist by Call
Resides on this ground zero,
Tending, carrying, soothing and rallying,
In rotation
With other ethical co-conspirators,
A Rotation
To protect the already traumatized
From too
Too much;
Gradually, I took my leave
When the marches thinned,
And logistics began
to overshadow the purpose;
The march marches on
In different capacities,
As it has always,
My prayer is that our call
And the response
Forever is remembered,
And flesh tones
Like and unlike mine
find purpose, place, and responsibility still
In the movement
Of heart,
Of calling out injustice
invoking community love,
And keeping the justice system
In check
With a social justice
And response;
A leader still,
My call
Is a labor of love,
A different hat I will wear for now,
As I heal and grow,
An injustice-weary heart.

One thought on “Megaphone

  1. So glad I saw this— beautiful hard truth of that harrowing time— the megaphone not your comfort zone but you carried it with your gentle fortitude and then yes, time to put it down. I’m more scared now even of all the haters whistling about, continuing to target the most vulnerable, the audacity to execute for crying out for lack of food and water…attacks on LGBTQIA’s through school boards and legislative halls…doesn’t seem that megaphone is the answer right now but don’t know what is, staying very engaged with learning but so worry for our world. Sorry for all the pressure that was put on you in those intense days… grateful you are finding your path forward ❤️❤️ Beck

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