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We're Scared

Kari is a compassionate and empathetic individual. She loves the earth and all its life. She is a believer in the dignity of each of us.

Ooops, this picture may be from the "Women's March" when women were asking (again) for equal rights in 2017.

Ooops, this picture may be from the "Women's March" when women were asking (again) for equal rights in 2017.

This is a poem for all of us. We are all scared right now. It is a scary time and we are being asked to choose sides. Let us choose peace and love. This is a frightening time in history, but we can stand up. Yea, though we walk through the valley of death, we are still Americans. We are one people, not this or that. Protesters are scared. Police are scared. Even those of us not “involved” are scared. It seems everyone is scared. Let us stand together and accept the truth. We did not make this problem, but it is left to us to fix it. Let's do a great job of it!

We Are Scared

I am scared, so scared!

And there are so many people.

They all look at me with hate.


I've seen the videos,

Videos of violence against peace.

Please Lord, let that not be me.


That is how the police feel.

Some calling in sick

But, even doing nothing is a choice.


I am scared, so scared!

And there are so many police.

They all look at me with hate.


I've seen the videos,

Videos of violence against peace.

Please Lord, let that not be me.


We are scared.

We saw the first video.

A life slowly sucked out.


Four men seemed to think it was ok.

Three did not step in

To make it stop.


Were they scared?

Scared of the code of silence,

Knowing what happens to those who break it.



We are scared, so scared!

Four men and not one stepped in.

It is an outrage!


I am angry, so angry.

They knew they were being filmed.

But, still killed with impunity.


Citizens could not intervene.

Helpless against authority,

But still speaking up.


We feel that helplessness.

And we scream,

I CAN'T BREATHE!


While we peacefully walk,

Asking to be heard.

SWAT teams block our way.


From the top we hear words of treason.

Calls to bring out the troops.

And, "Dominate the battle-space."


We are scared!

We see our white

Not protecting us.


Standing in the front line,

Facing the scared police.

Getting clubbed.


We must persist in our fight.

Standing up every day

To tyranny and abuse.


We must insist on justice.

Justice will deliver peace.

And I will be less scared.

Comments

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on September 22, 2020:

Thank you Dora!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 22, 2020:

Absolutely relatable! Thanks for giving clear expressions to what many of us feel. Good work!

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on September 21, 2020:

FlourishAnyway, I agree with you 100%. She was a hero to me.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 20, 2020:

I’m more angry and defiant now that Ginsburg has died. She was an icon of individual liberty. Vote, vote, vote.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on September 20, 2020:

Eric, You are very blessed and that makes me feel good.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 20, 2020:

Kari, I am blessed in this department. My gorgeous bride of decades does the fear thing so I don't have to. Now that is love.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on September 20, 2020:

Eric, you crack me up! I love how your comments make me think. But, if you are not uneasy at all in this pandemic, I applaud you! I was reading the Bible and this verse stuck out:

"And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of war; see that you are not frightened." Matthew 24:6

That is why, although I am scared, I am not out-of-my-mind scared.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on September 20, 2020:

Pamela, 93 or 94 percent of the protests were peaceful I read. But, there are always the few bad apples. Please don't be too scared. There were hundreds, if not thousands of protests going on each night for weeks.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on September 20, 2020:

Thank you very much, John. I hope I live long enough to see 2020 in the history books.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 19, 2020:

Wonderfully done. I have to get a clue and get scared maybe.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 19, 2020:

These are scary times. I am gla I live where I do as there is not violence here and I do not go out at ngiht anywy. I think your poem is good. I hopr people will come together in conversation and peace soon.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 19, 2020:

Kari, the times sure are a’ changing, and they are scary. This year will be one that can never be forgotten, and not for many good reasons. Thank you for writing this poem.