In this Time of Mourning

To Orlando and to Everyone, on June 12th 2016. Note: While the horrific massacre in Orlando Sunday morning did not happen in Appalachia, it is essential for the survival of humanity that we stand in solidarity with victims of hate, wherever they may live — or die. 

By Abigail Taylor

I feel unworthy to speak
To such a tragic day.
But how must I channel
Such pure ANGER, and DESPAIR?
I STAND in solidarity.
I pray for, nay, DEMAND! peace.

LGBT flag

There are those among us
Who have lost their humanity
Who are blinded by hatred
Who seek an ignorant, self-serving, empty prize.
And use their violence
To extinguish your spirit
To interrupt your joy
To stomp on your PRIDE
To forcefeed you with fear.
But we must not buckle.
we must not let it numb us.
WE MUST STAND UP.
WE MUST GET ANGRY.
And let that ANGER lead us to
LOVE more urgently
HOPE more fiercely
And fight with PEACE.
Embrace your brother and sister.
Embrace your gay brothers and sisters.
Embrace a stranger.
Life is clearly too short
Not to LOVE
With every fiber
Of our beings.

As if the future
Depends on it.
It does.

© Abigail Taylor, 2016

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One response

  1. The #LGBT community! is always talking togetherness. #Pride? as i hear it most often. Forgoing stated. This is an perfect opportunity for #LGBT and 3rd World Countries whom were victimizes by War. [ Were no true means were found. e.g. 1 where are the weapons of mass destruction. 2 what is in Afghanistan. 3 What of Chile 9-11 of the 70’s ( Gov. over threw) The list is long… A ( i think they called it building 7 ) building falling in New York. And NOTHING ,& for NO reason. Fell to rubble. Lord God! ] To work together. To make sure no one on EARTH is a victim of violence! Yet watch brother as the One world places it most helpless at each other. Jesus!

    I pray all the time that Our Public masters. Find the Love of the Savior Jesus and his father. From this? i find my self weak. Pray w/t and for me friend. I do the same of thee.

    On Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 6:49 PM, Appalachian Chronicle wrote:

    > Michael M. Barrick posted: “To Orlando and to Everyone, on June 12th 2016. > Note: While the horrific massacre in Orlando Sunday morning did not happen > in Appalachia, it is essential for the survival of humanity that we stand > in solidarity with victims of hate, wherever they may live ” >

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