By Chad Norman,
Remembering Kenneth Patchen, but written for those war and politics uproot.
because I can
because I can use my voice
to support your choice to move.
because I must
because I must be a man
who holds out a hand & smiles.
because I will
because I will move away from
the voices against you joining us.
because I empty
because I empty my being
of a past riddled with subtle racism.
because I fill
because I fill my heart easily
with a protest many sadly turn into a parade.
because I walk
because I walk on the same planet
now the new home your babies sleep in.
because I see
because I see through eyes
unfiltered by any blinded minds.
because I know
because I know there’s nothing naive
about the handshake I long to perform,
I long to perform when the future provides
your seemingly settled trembling grasp.