Brush of Light

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Sitting in a dark abyss

Paralyzed with fear and doubt

Of the unknown

Bouncing and blocking out

Rival forces seeping within

The mind.

Mocking and moaning

Laughing aloud filled with hatred

Ready to pounce on any glimpse

Of weakness and fragility.

They feast on the fatness

Of opportunistic unity of the

The poor, afflicted, and oppressed

Without regard of decency and decorum

Constantly creating division

Fearing organization

Playing mental games and breaking Emotional boundaries.

One voice tears through harnessing

Strength, resilience, and aptitude

Connecting their relational language

With those of similar feelings wanting

Change, justice, and freedom.

The culmination of their voices

Demanding improvement

Causes others to take heed

Wanting the same for themselves

Merging collaborative efforts

Creating grandiose gestures

Of attitudes not ceasing.

As one, these voices continue

Pressing forward

Breaking down barriers

Marching as one

Inspiring the younger generation

To want more and more.

Walls crack and split open

Only showing a brush of light

For those desiring peace of understanding.

Fight or flight

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Hands in the air,

Knees on the pavement,

A familiar setting.

Gun in holster

Ready to pounce on sudden movement.

Clenched jar,

silent tears, expressing fears

Of death and glorified

Name on a T-shirt.

Bystanders with cellphones in hand,

Recording every frame without fail,

Raising awareness about injustice.

Shots fired, heard throughout the streets

Red and Blue lights flickering in the shadows

Yellow tape placed to control crowds,

Anger and rage fills the atmosphere.

Again? Not again?

Why?

Something has to change.

As social media viewers witness,

A horrific display of ethical standards

Rhetorical questions rise,

Forcing the mind to make a choice,

Fight or flight?