Anger, frustration, pain

How do I combat

the television screen?

My grasp does not reach

across the swelling seas,

My voice is not heard

by the ones behind bombs,

My words cannot be read

by dead eyes.

Fear, confusion, grief

How do I influence

the effigies of evil?

My spirit does walk

in picket peace parades,

My name is gracing

international petition lines,

My pen can create

curves of poetic protest.

Fury, depression, hurt

How do we heal

the scars of hate?

Our hearts will mend

with the uniting of souls,

Our lives may return

only by respecting all others,

Our world can continue

by learning from the past.

Hope, love, caution