Sometimes you hear me say,
“We just need a beam of optimism,”
“We just need a sense of real hope,”
Then these past traumas can be forgiven
As we release the tension bound by our own rope.
But tonight I told you to be careful
Because too many have not made it home alive.
Tonight I prayed God would protect you
As you move meaningless goods of commerce
Through crowds sometimes pleading, sometimes screaming for justice
And I watched progress’ movement stall and grow cursed.
Because how can I say hope will fix this?
How can optimism be a guide
When years of torment are thrust back out
Onto streets for complacent bystanders
To either be destroyed by or to hide?
How can we wish for a better future
When we destroy our communities from within?
How can we call for increased equity
As we use another’s sin to justify our crimes?
How can we ever truly forgive
If we don’t believe in right and wrong,
Good and bad, agency to choose,
And the ultimate need to help each other live?
–Written by Sandy Heights
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