I did nothing and it was
everything I’d hoped it would be.
I didn’t go to work.
I didn’t read or exercise.
I didn’t watch TV either
or go see the latest blockbuster
(and though the movie would signify
nothing, it would still count as something).
I didn’t go on facebook—well,
I never go on facebook—but
I didn’t go on wordpress either.
No, I just looked out the window
and let my thoughts gather
and disperse with the light.
I watched it slide across
rooftops, sift through trees, and
turn the leaves into a shade
I have no name for.
I watched it fall brightly on
wet sidewalks and watered lawns.
I even watched it darken and fade
with the dying day.
And though in the end I can’t say
I ever saw the light, I sure
did watch the hell out of it!
It trickles down, the hate you see
on the airwaves, the hate you feel
in the air.
It trickles down to your office space,
to the very place where you live.
Minds are malleable – too many have
fallen under the sway, where it has
become not only acceptable but
required to despise the Other.
Ah, the Other – where have they to go?
Will a wall really keep them out?
But what wall in history has not been
breached, blown up, torn down
brick by brick?
What Other in history have not risen up
to right the wrongs of a privileged few?
It may not happen today, nor tomorrow.
But one day you’ll look around
and see what’s built come tumbling down.