“Shake the Dust When You Leave From Here”: Denver Student Poet Morgynne T.

stare it down and shake the dust


what happens

when we create

the

other?

 

who decides

who belongs?

these questions

still resonate

within the walls

of my heart

jeanne boland

my seventh

and eighth grade

humanities teacher

told me that i

was an activist

for  justice

told me

not to sink low in

my chair

when she said that.

to be proud

of being involved

of genuinely

caring.

i have realized

that when we embark

on the journey

to face history

it’s a two way mirror

and what you see

shouldn’t

always be

what you get.

see i

never realized

i could make a change

until someone

told me

i feel too much

you see

my universe of obligation

is basically

as big as it can

get

yet

it’s still expanding.

i figure

the more

people

my heart

reaches out to

the more i can

change the way

we think

about

each other

the other.

because

my heart

it has hands

more capable of touching

than these do

all because

my teacher told me

it’s okay to feel

to want to make a change

my change

my impact

will not be able to be seen

physically for a while

i will impact the way we

think.

i want to make

us question

why we are here.

standing on solid ground

when never again

is really turning into again

and again.

tell me why there are

still concentration camp ghosts

that haunt holocaust survivors

tell me why women

in darfur

only have their

little children’s drawings

of janjaweed militia

to remember

where they

came from

why it was deemed okay

to reduce

a human being

to a tattooed number?

there are still survivors

not everybody

was a perpetrator

there were people saved by

those deemed

the enemy

not all Germans

wore the swastika

and not all of white America

gave a blind eye

ya’ll

we have not

faced history yet.

thanks to all you

beautiful people

that is changing.

but

it is still easier

to make a donation

to a little child

somewhere else

to say

you are an activist

but face the past

in the eyes

really

stare it down

tell it

not to show

its face in that

little child

again.

because we

we have something

to bring us back up again

it is the act of taking action today.

and tomorrow.

it is said

that a combination

of many passion-filled

humans

being upstanders

have the potential

to make a change

so

have a conversation

with that woman

at the bus stop

or that man you work with,

but don’t really know

dialogue is the key to

understanding

what’s inside each of us

what we need to motivate

ourselves

to keep going

shake the dust

when you leave from here

and stand up to the face

of our

history.

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