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my son’s school has a volunteer program for parents
the morning after election 2016
i had to walk into his class as a “trusted adult”
	and tell these six year olds that they will be ok

oh god, i didn’t want to walk into that room

at line-up the parents’ eyes were all red rimmed from crying
			from fear
			from not knowing what is next

we were afraid to read about anti-bullying 
	   scared because we don’t know what to say 
			how to explain these results to our children

but we did it
	five of us read the preselected book about being blue
		and helped the children draw frowns and smiles on paper plates
			masks to show their faces
		i told them that cat videos make me smile
we told these children that we will protect them
			that we are here for them
			that we love them

	i hugged these children
		my child and his classmates

i am sad for my country
	grieving common sense
	mourning what was and what could have been

but soon
	i need to stand up
	we need to rise
			   in kindness and love
	i need to believe 
				for my son
				for your daughters
				for our transgendered children that are already dying
				for my immigrant husband
				for our parents on social security
				for our friends that are disabled
				for women  

we need to believe
	and we need to fight
				for our freedoms and for our rights

this is who i am
	and i refuse to be less
	         refuse to accept going backwards

i fight with my words
          			and with my hugs
	i believe in the future
				that we have one
				and i am helping to form it
	i have a son
there are versions of the future that terrify me

		i      am      terrified

	but i have to believe in possibility 
			          in love
			          in me and you

	teach with me
				believe with me

See others here:
and here:

Date: 2016-11-10 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I lurk but I don't post much (posts or comments). You poems are always amazing to read. They are clear, moving and powerful. Thanks for posting them.

Date: 2016-11-11 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I try.

Date: 2016-11-10 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Believe is my favorite word .... I found this very powerful .... Keep believing ....

Date: 2016-11-11 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You, too. We all need to believe.

Date: 2016-11-11 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As always, thoughful, thought-provoking, deep, emotional, honest, and hopeful.

Also, looking ve your video readings.

Date: 2016-11-12 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you.

Date: 2016-11-11 11:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
More power to you!

Date: 2016-11-12 06:31 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-11-12 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm scared for his presidency but I'm trying to believe it will be okay.

Date: 2016-11-12 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm ready to fight to make sure it is ok.

Date: 2016-11-13 02:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jake67jake
Belief in our system and our country are a difficult thing for me... I'm trying.

Thank you for the positive message.

Good luck

Date: 2016-11-17 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is so easy to fall into the anger, hate, depression. And I did, but not this time. So I'm ready to fight.

Date: 2016-11-13 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so glad you're back! What a great way to begin the competition -- a wonderful poem!

Date: 2016-11-17 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you muchly. I'm glad Idol is back!

Date: 2016-11-13 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Really powerful.

Date: 2016-11-17 10:24 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-11-13 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We have to believe, hope, and take action to counteract what has happened. Good luck this Idol season.

Date: 2016-11-17 10:24 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-11-13 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! I'm with you!

Date: 2016-11-17 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We still need to stay joined and strong.

Date: 2016-11-16 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Talking to my eldest son about the election results the next morning was one of the hardest things for me to do. And then talking to his teacher and hearing how the other kids in the school felt about it. Because his school is predominantly Hispanic/Latino. I can't imagine how much harder it was on the teachers.

Date: 2016-11-17 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah. I didn't miss teaching on that day.

Date: 2016-11-16 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So much truth here, and the sadness I feel that this election has prompted so many links to suicide hotlines and so many stories of children having to be reassured just reinforces what an unbelievable, awful place we find ourselves in.

Date: 2016-11-17 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Elections shouldn't cause suicides. A friend of mine has a transgender child. The night after the election FOUR kids killed themselves and one more is on life support. That's from ONE SINGLE trans parent support group. What? The? Actual? FUCK?

Date: 2016-11-16 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Really looking forward to reading more of your verse this season!

Date: 2016-11-17 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*squee* Thank you. I look forward to writing it.

Date: 2016-11-17 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
People keep telling me to "stay hopeful" and "give him a chance" but I can't. I'm looking into volunteer opportunities in my very small town. My area is almost 40% Hispanic, so I know there are options, but I don't speak Spanish.

I really like how you structured this.

Date: 2016-11-17 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I don't speak spanish either, but my kiddo is learning in a Dual-Immersion classroom. Yay.

Date: 2016-11-17 08:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The day after was so difficult. We are terrified here too, but I won't tell my daughter that.

Your introduction is very powerful and well done.

Date: 2016-11-17 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. Yeah. it's hard to be terrified when you have a child...

Date: 2016-11-17 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love this.

It's good to see you again. Good luck this season.

Date: 2016-11-19 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So well written. We can do this - we who believe in goodness and fairness and equality can band together in support and make sure our future is a good one.


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