When your younger brother runs around the house with scissors, you should definitely object. ~ Vocabulary.com
Dedicated to @VinceSchilling and his wife @DelSchilling and their absolutely hilarious and heartbreaking tweets .
I’m not feeling at all amorous
as I wade into the forbidden fray
of squabbling neighbors who are unprepared
to be hospitable and welcome dissidents.
I summon agape.
People expect me to choose
sides, and I am here to hold
space for the silenced. I notice
others here, engaged in compassion.
Recognizing each other, we light up
the field and connect like artists
who are instructed by the white space
between brushstrokes. My ears are cocked
for the sounds of the ones
we haven’t included, inviting the silenced
to sing. Once I’ve
blocked the streams to Tweeted
hate and lies, their laughter
rings, and I see the clear signs
they’ve been holding patiently.
And I hear
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