Friday, June 19, 2015

Charleston’s pain

je suis afro-américain
je suis Mère Emanuel
once again I am a citizen of the Holy City

today I call on myself to see
a deeper heritage
an ancient ancestry of humanity
where we all began the struggle
the pain that many have yet
to overcome

today I call on myself to see
into the hearts of the innocent
into their souls
into their suffering
even so
I know that door will stay shut
until we are willing to open it

though my own white skin will not turn black, today
I am African-American
I am Mother Emanuel

Barry DeCarli
June 19, 2015
On Hammond Pond, Goshen, MA

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