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I am Only One Person

This poem is directly inspired by the Teachers Write! prompt on Jo Knowles’ blog, and in reflection on the tragic events of the past week.

One Person

I’m only one person, but I can…
Smile
at each passerby, every person in line
White or black,
Or any hue

 

I’m only one person, but I can…
Weep
for and with each family whose loss
Is their whole world
In a single moment

 

I’m only one person, but I can…
Give
my blood, each part used
To replenish, sustain, heal
Bodies of humanity

 

I’m only one person, but I can…
Teach
my two children to love thy neighbor
Do what Jesus did
Accept, forgive, sacrifice.

 

I’m only one person, but I can…
Bear witness
to the pain I know others suffer
Because people are not listening
Nor believing it is real

 

I’m only one person, but I can…
Pray
for courage to fight for equality
And unity
For the world

 

I’m only one person, but I can…
I can…
I can…
I can…
I CAN…

 

(c) Wendy Scalfaro, 2016. Al rights reserved.

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