Every Moment is a Choice
“Nothing will ever change unless we speak to the injustices in the world.”
What power and privilege do you possess and how can you best use it to fight injustices?
For those of us who live at the shoreline
standing upon the constant edges of decision
crucial and alone
for those of us who cannot indulge
the passing dreams of choice
who love in doorways coming and going
in the hours between dawns
looking inward and outward
at once before and after
seeking a now that can breed
like bread in our children’s mouths
so their dreams will not reflect
the death of ours;
For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother’s milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of us
this instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.
And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning
when our stomachs are full we are afraid
when our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again
when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
when we are alone we are afraid
love will never return
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive.
This episode was written and recorded by Rachel Ricketts. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Button Mushrooms by Podington Bear and The Soft Glow of Christmas Lights and The First Person Awake by Will Bangs.< Click here to let us know the impact this podcast has made on your faith.
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