Windows and Walls

As the season darkens

in this hemisphere 

we are feeling the cold 


We are past midnight 

and building walls

to keep strangers out 

but strangely 

we put our trust 

in the hands of those

drunk with power and 


and the lives are being stolen,

fast and slow. 

But even in the prison-of-our-making

light seeps through the cracks

and sun-motes dance 

in the autumn day. 

First, first, first:

see the humanity in every face. 

When we pause to really see

one another,

the light will melt some of the fear

and we will recognize 

ourself  in the 



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