Last week, on January 21st, over 50,000 women, men, and children, gathered in Austin, TX to march for their human rights. It was a beautiful day in Austin. It was HOT, but that didn’t stop any of us.
Just to get a perspective of the crowd, here’s a few people at the Texas Capitol building:
This was my first march, and it won’t be my last. I found it … inspirational. Joyous. I reveled in the togetherness of the crowd. And I finally felt like I’d taken a step towards doing something and making a stand!
When I got back home last week, I wrote a poem, as I’m prone to do…
Cities, worldwide, took one day to come together
One day to make a stand
In a world of division
Over 50,000 people gathered that Saturday
In Austin, TX
Women, men, children…
Ages, races, religions, genders
People from all walks of life
All came together with one purpose…
We all had so many causes to march for:
Roe v. Wade
Just to name a few…
Someone asked me why I wanted to march…
Why on earth wouldn’t I?
This is why I march.
I march for you, little sister!
I don’t know if it’s your choice, but you HAVE that choice
and no Politician
or Preacher in his pocket
should ever take it away from you.
I march for you…
Too traumatized to speak of what happened.
You shouldn’t be punished
by being forced to carry
one more reminder
for nine months.
Sister … it wasn’t your fault.
I march for the parents
Who found out in those last few weeks
something went terribly wrong!
They should not be forced into someone else’s decision.
They, too, have a choice!
We march for all of us!
We march for our rights!
And those who marched with me cried
TELL ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
WE are what democracy looks like.
(Original work, written 1/23/2017. Do not distribute without permission or credit to the author [me])