"I Cannot Stand in Silence"
I cannot stand in silence. I will not retreat. I will not back down Even as I frown at Your neglect for humanity. ~ We must protect Our neighbors and our strangers, Our similarities and our differences, Our contemporaries and our futures. ~ I will be Loud, vociferous, proud Until I lay my head down. ~ I will protest Through pain, suffering, and Your sheer disregard for humanity. ~ I will rise, I will stand, and I will fight In homage and memory of Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony, Harvey Milk, Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel, And the thousands of others who came before me. ~ I reject the Homogenization of humanity. We are global, we are vocal, We are strong, we are diverse. We must embrace our differences ----Our scars, our wrinkles, Our mannerisms, our struggles, Our skin. ~ No one is the same. No one deserves neglect. Everyone deserves civil liberties and rights. Beyond the religions, the nationalities, the ethnicities, the classes, the identities, We are one, We are equals, We are human. ~ I cannot stand in silence. I will not retreat. I will not back down Even as I frown at Your neglect of humanity.
Patrick H. Salkeld, 1/12/2017