Writer’s Log #5

William Faulkner — ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’

There is an awakening. A shaking I believe. There are voices who say this is not happening. Voices of nationalism. But we know differently. And those voices do not speak for us. We will not be moved by fear. We’ve made it clear. Our eyes are set forward. To equality, to preserving our planet for our children. Civil duty. Preserving our Bill of Rights. 

We have seen demonstrations in just 10 or so days. Why? Because, we remember. We’ve been down these paths before, they are well worn by history. Bullet holes in the side wall of this democracy. We will not let this ship take on water. We will not go back. We’re moving forward. 

Our generation understands I believe , the importance, the humanity, through technology, we need each other, the more we communicate, the more we learn from one another, the better off all of us are. 

We have an opportunity, to move forward in peace with one another, and right now, all of our relationships with allies are in question, have we always gotten it right? No, but we strive for this perfection, to preserve for the next generation, what we did not have.

We will not go back. 

To pointless political wars. 

To walls that need not be built 

Yesterday we were telling one nation to tear down their wall 

Today 

The world is reminding us 

Cautioning us 

We will not go back 

We’re still here 

We cannot achieve 

Or preserve these visions 

If we retreat into our own bubbles 

Of information 

If we refuse to speak out against 

Intolerance 

Against the strong man of nationalism 

We must protect what we believe in 

And communicate truth 

Because these other visions are real 

They are dangerous 

We’ve been down their roads before 

We’ve raised memorials for the losses and counted the scars 

They will not last 

They always fail 

But we don’t have to go this way 

We’re still here 

And we can speak 

We can stand 

We may take ten steps back 

And three forward 

But our eyes 

Are set 

On the future 

Not the past 

We’re not going that way.

We’re reminded of it 

Every time a woman leaves the house to go to her job 

Or to go vote 

We’re reminded of it 

Every time we step into a free health clinic 

Or planned parenthood for a screening 

We’re reminded of it 

Every time we check our phones 

And watch a video from an astronaut in space 

Or message someone across the world 

I’m reminded of it every time 

I publish an article right here 

And people from all over the world read it and respond 

We’re not going back 

Walls 

Would only shut us out and isolate us from the world today 

We’re not going that way 

We’re moving forward 

We remember watching children wash up on shores 

Fleeing from terror and civil war 

We’re not going that way 

We only thrive 

When information is open to us 

When we can work together 

And reach out to each other

We’ve seen the past 

We worked through its scars 

In this 24 hour memory 

Culture we live in 

It makes it easier to move on 

But 

We have the ability to work together 

To preserve this great vision 

Of art and family and brotherhood 

To allow other nations this vision as well 

So we can speak out 

And call an expectation on our leaders 

Because we’re moving forward.

And I believe 

Yes, this has shook  us 

But I am moved 

Because I see it unifying us 

And we are talking 

And we’re moving 

And we’re still here.

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