You say all who disagree
Should leave the country
But I remember hearing you say
Long ago at another harsh time
That you would defend to the death
the right of someone to speak out.
What makes you uncomfortable now?
The protests are not against country or flag
But against racism and violation of rights.
It’s not about our troops or athletes
But learning to talk again in calm discussion,
Our children would benefit from hearing debate
Where anger and hostility are banned along with hate.
No one wants to leave but many want to arrive and stay.
Our country was founded on freedoms we needed
Freedom of speech, let’s talk. Freedom of assembly, let’s stand
And enjoy the freedoms that have been given by blood and tears.
September 25, 2017