Tag: #1000speak

What It Means to be Sickened by the News

What It Means to be Sickened by the News
The word “anger” is not enough. Not when every day I feel assaulted by the events surrounding me. Concentration camps at the border, full of filthy, hungry, cold children. Children sick with flu and with untreated fractures and who are being sexually assaulted en masse in “detention.’ And the word “horrified” is not enough when... Read more »

There Is No Such Thing as "Other People's Children"

There Is No Such Thing as "Other People's Children"
You may have noticed I didn’t post last week. The truth is, I couldn’t. I was too wounded, completely crushed by grief. “Grief” might sound like a strong word for what I was going through, for what so many Americans were going through, but I assure you it was real, and tangible, and agonizing. When... Read more »

Twice A Week, the NRA Reaps Our Children

Twice A Week, the NRA Reaps Our Children
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the labels of loss. There is a word to define a person who has lost their parents– orphan. It defines them, no matter what else is true of themselves or their lives, it is a fact of their existence. Widow. Widower. These words define people who have lost... Read more »
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Oral History of the New Colossus

Oral History of the New Colossus
Last month, I was honored to be a featured poet at a local Poets in Resistance event. Below is the transcript of the poem I read for the crowd. Please enjoy. Oral History of the New Colossus 1. I come from a people of wandering, Of desert paths swept clean of footprints by thousand year... Read more »

We Are All Worth the Risk - #1000Speak

We Are All Worth the Risk - #1000Speak
Once upon a time, my home was known around town as, “Auntie Lea’s Home for Wayward Orphans.” I would host open-door Thanksgiving dinners, unquestioningly offer any number of my many couches to friends-of-friends-of-friends down on their luck, dole out first aid care and accompany people to Planned Parenthood. I didn’t question the motives of the... Read more »