Stand for Racial Justice – 6/4/2020

Last night I stood outside with two flashlights,
to point them to the sky and stand for racial justice…
eight minutes and 46 seconds… 9 minutes by my phone.
I felt a little lonely at first, on my sidewalk that ends just before the road…
dark, except the moon was full… dark and silent.. no cars.
And I knew my little flashlights didn't really reach high enough to be seen;
didn't really burn bright enough for anyone to notice.
One van, going west… later, a minute or two later, a car going east;
neither speeding… neither noticing, tho' I made sure to smile just in case…
And then a plane flew over, Way Up There…
And I knew that my little stance in the middle of silent darkness
stood for something and counted.
It was a prayer. A practical prayer…
like walking to vote…
like walking to church…
like the orthodox Jewish families walking to synagogue…
like native peoples walking to help the Earth revolve…
Standing with untold others… Walking by standing still… Praying as an act of revolution…
A presage for the Friday vigil
in front of the police department…
young brown people passionately, sometimes tearfully, speaking their truth.
Old men, black and brown,
calmly telling the unjustness of life in a white world as men of color,
and about the need to keep going, to vote, to hold the lawmakers to task,
so that in 10, 20, or 50 years, others won't still be fighting this fight.
Friday there were native dancers and incense and smudging and it was Holy.
Saturday there were speeches and cheering and hand-painted signs and it was Holy.
Saturday, a couple hundred of us… mostly white, mostly women, all masked but one…
more young speakers and another old man, this one white, with the same “keep at it” message.
On Saturday we walked…
lining both sides of the highway from Central to Ave. A.
Walking to keep the world in its orbit… to help set it right again…
I felt the earth revolve as it should.
It may take generations, tho' I'm pretty sure my grandgirl finds differences interesting vs fearful…
May the world be again as God envisioned it at the beginning…
good and loving and beautiful and vibrantly alive and joyful. Oh, let it be!
We've a long way to go but I am ready to spend my life for this… Thanks be to God, Amen

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