A great speaker,
with words like an amplifier
reverberating over cold hearts,
bringing change as sure as
the warm wind pushes against our backs.
He says we are afraid.
We live in fear of what we do not understand;
always fighting against the sand
with grit in our eyes.
We would rather turn to salt
than face unfamiliar lands.
The stories that the past has taught us
settle like another layer of sediment,
forgotten and unseen.
And we do not see because we do not reach out
farther than our door.
A familiar story
of monsters and heroes turns strange
when we realize that the valiant and the malignant
will always believe their cause is most just.
There are two sides to every
coin, story, fence and heart.
Until we listen and empathize and
calm the seas that are so quick to swell,
we will go no farther than we reach.
The change we need is the change that
comes when we suffer together.