We do not speak of hardships

For the sake of pity.

We do not point out inequality

Because we are hoping for handouts.

We do not cry about painful things

Because we are weak.

No. We are looking dead on

At what’s wrong in the world,

Coming to terms with the brutal facts

Of our situation.


And then,

With a decent understanding of what’s at stake

And perhaps only an inkling of what it will take to make change,

Decide to hope nonetheless.

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