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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.