Not simply to myself
but to others who think
they’ve found me
as though I were a box
of brown/white/red/black/yellow rice
sitting on a bottom shelf
feels like wandering
down neglected back roads
and fake inroads
littered with poisonous comments
I’d rather not hear
Much more of this
and I’ll be certified useless–
stuck in todays’ sorrows
wondering how this came to be
and why I find myself on the
bottom shelf in the back row
As a nation we’re lost in warring madness, even though there’s been no official declaration of war.
I’m grateful for heated dialogue, courageous and persistent protests, and demands for sorely needed change. I’m also grateful for medical and support personnel as well as researchers paying attention to Covid-19 patterns and realities.
Without them, we wouldn’t have documentation about the high cost of Covid-19 to Black lives (see visual chart above). Nor would we hear about the high inhuman cost of rewarding corporations and Fat Cats on the take.
Still, we don’t yet have a clear path forward that takes these realities into account, or nation-wide strategies to create fair playing fields for all denied basic human rights and dignity. The next Presidential election feels like light years away.
I wonder how all this affects you, and your daily decisions. I’m still feeling my way along, grateful for WordPress and for you.
Thanks for visiting and reading!
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 13 June 2020
Graphic chart of COVID-19 impact on NYC neighborhoods found at rollingstones.com