Steps in the Road

In this nation we’ve made,
we kill the souls of people who fight
for the right to breathe,
when it should be no right at all.
There should be no wrong in breathing.
There should be no want in breathing.
It should be an
automatic,
unequivocal,
unquestioned
gift from whichever deity you prefer.

In this nation we’ve made,
we’ve made it a right to snuff out life,
a right to stop the breath from someone’s lungs,
to tell someone that they are not worthy
of the oxygen that they require.

In this nation we’ve made,
we see a threat as a person’s death sentence.
We do not take time to listen
but instead reach for a supremacy
that is nothing but a trigger
and burning flesh.

In this nation we’ve made,
we see love begging on the side of the road.
We favor our closed doors
to crying neighbors.
We walk away from facts
because it is easier to lower our head
to ignorance.

In this nation we’ve made,
it is time we stood up.
It is time we straightened our backs
and raised our awareness to the pain
around us,
to the need around us,
to the love that is yearning to live
around us.

The majority of the minority
made this nation,
and it is time we reclaimed it.

 

 

“One Last Time”, Hamilton: An American Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, 2015

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