when do we stop fighting?
where do we draw the line?
how do we not lose our minds?
i’ve been thinking– about the way we obssess
over squares on a grid on a screen in our hands
and reshares and likes and opinions
that are worthy of attention but not of this division
like how can we save the children
when you spend your time fighting
over which ones first need saving?
the kid at apartment 128
and the kid being forced to work too late
are still trying to survive as you argue and wait
how can you ethically expect all babies to be born
without suffering in this toxic atmosphere; what was your arguing for?
it goes so much deeper than your 280 word caption
it’s not just an instagram story calling people to action
it’s the person behind the words
it’s the community trying to stop the hurt
it’s a movement crying for a moment of silence
it’s saying that we deserve to have peace and quiet
without fearing for our lives
without wondering if our kids will make it home in the night
is that a problem you worry about as well
that you’ll be grabbed out of your car
and pushed down with your hands
tied behind your back,
pleading for someone to understand
but do you?
we are not the same, our problems are unique
yet our pushing against them should make us united, not weak
over trying to fight an online comment
over generalizing a whole group of people
because they aren’t what you thought of
when you hear the word “justice”
when you see the word “lives”
they are seeking the same thing you are
only they have realized
that it is better to be a warrior in a garden
than a gardener in a war
we have lost too much already
we do not need more blood
please think about what makes you feel justified
what you support and what you deny
at the end of the day, we shouldn’t be in this rut
these issues shouldn’t have to
be divided into “me” and “you”
when it can be “us”.