We need change

In a world where people are valued less
for the color of their skin,
We need change.

In a world where people are rejected
because of where they were born,
We need change.

In a world where people are abused
based solely on their gender,
We need change.

In a world where people face imprisonment, or even death,
because of who they love,
We need change.

In a world where children are locked in cages, forced to work labor in adult jobs,
killed by anonymous bombs falling from the sky,
We need change.

In a world where getting a haircut takes priority
over the health and safety of others,
We need change.

In a world lacking in so many ways,
failing to value, include, cherish, protect, love,
failing to recognize one another’s humanity,
failing to recognize God in the face of our neighbor,
There is no future, there is no peace, there is no us.

We need change.

(Hour 24, Poetry Marathon 2020. Random prompt: Write a poem with the phrase “we need” reoccurring throughout it. Repeat the phrase at least five times in the poem.)

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