Written in the Night

If you can’t sleep or look away

from all that’s going on, then

you haven’t done enough. I

know that’s not helpful. But

we have to accept this so we

can do better the next time.

We have to stand up before

someone tells someone else

they don’t belong. We need

to look for the one who is lost

before they become a fugitive.

We must give a voice to

kindness before people

forget what it means. So

if you can’t sleep, good.

Let your conscience dry

in the night until it serves

as kindling for the love

that has to burn everything

that has grown between us.

This excerpt is from a new book in progress, Just Keep Working.

*photo credit: Miriam Espacio