“THE UNITY MEETING”
By working together, with everyone contributing what they can,
a greater good is achieved.
– Stone Soup
She sits at the library table,
masked and properly distanced.
Though weary of the chaotic discord,
she resists stagnation, urges her mind to flow
in the direction of determined action and attitude,
to do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with your God.
The voice from the next table
speaks with an accent of awakening.
You must educate yourself.
To live as welcoming, inclusive people
calls first for awareness of history,
acknowledgement of our roots.
Tune your heart to hear the stories:
Indian lands were stolen from my ancestors.
My aunt swam the Rio Grande.
My grandfather arrived as a stowaway
hidden in the bottom of a ship.
Grandmother was born into slavery.
This is a reset, a revolution, she thinks, a resolve
to listen, appreciate one another, as we are, where we are,
resist us-versus-them assumptions,
blend our unique talents and spiritual gifts
for the benefit of all.
She is at home in the melting pot.