Fourth of July is coming upon us.
I’m thinking about America, and
how it’s not so much about arguing
about what’s right and what’s wrong,
because we all know right from wrong -
really, we do.
it’s about the courage to say what is right.
the courage to stand and say that something
it’s being willing to have integrity, and to hold
reasoning to be a fair and thought-full and, yes,
an informed act of mind and will and heart.
and then, to bear witness to what is good in us.
and then, to bear witness to what is not good
I hope to move through fears, to attempt to
learn about what really is happening, and then,
to demonstrate my own integrity, some way,
all ways, always.
I hope to be able to say, “In My Name”, and,
“Not In My Name” with equal advocacy.
I hope to be willing to live for social justice and
human and civil rights, with the best of us,
without adding to polarities and cruelties
among one another.
I work for the grace to be a decent human
being, in a very difficult world of humans
of numbers never known before.
and, I hope to do this all as an American:
with the pride of having been a Peace Baby,
born in 1945, between the surrenders: when
we all expected plowshares to be hammered
from swords - for freedom to ring like a bell...
to have grace as our energy, as a Nation,
as a People....to deserve: Truth. Freedom....