Our burdens are not our own:
We carry the weight of the world with us;
Each moment of disempowerment shakes us;
Our veins made of the tears of those we struggle to help.
We feel unable, depleted;
We gather to take stock of the pain, some happiness;
We take off the load, even if for a moment.
We laugh at our weakness and fears;
And at once they turn to ashes;
We breathe again, we can take on one more day.
In this fight for an ounce of respect and justice;
Isolation is the weapon of “the” man;
Community the ammunition of the heart.
We breathe again, we can take on one more day,
And each day after the next.
Original photo of a statement painted at someone’s home in Abbot Kinney, Venice, California taken by Kate Blanco. Also posted at http://www.instagram.com/kate_isms/.