Election Day 2016
By Sister Kathryn Cliatt, OP
and their words are filled with venom and hate.
and neighbors tremble in their homes
in fear of being driven from the land.
and lovers of earth
are terrified that treasures of the “Beautiful Blue Planet”
will be sold to the highest bidder.
and the poor and vulnerable
anticipate the loss of access to health care
are crippled by the certainty of being trapped in slums of poverty
dread friends and loved ones being needlessly murdered in the streets.
and women experience the oppression of the glass ceiling being lowered
of all claims to equality being lost,
of being owned again.
and African Americans reel from flashbacks of history
of physical, mental and spiritual abuse
of life having no value
our vengeance becomes forgiveness
our enemy becomes our friend
our Earth becomes our Mother
all creatures become our brothers/sisters of creation.