You who despair that Nation has outlawed God,
has consumed Justice and spit out the bones,
Love is eternal, and outlives Empire.
Spirit lives among the Little Ones
and power waits there, breathing.
If you become one of them
(surrendering much) you will know that power.
The Emperor struts and slays and displays
because he is desperate to believe his own lie.
The Powers that move in the shadows
wearing costumes of light
are certain of their powers. They are wrong.
The power of hope is greater than greed.
Compassion overcomes fear.
Our unity can’t be abolished.
The divine slave woman strains in childbirth,
the pain is deep, the labor hard,
and we attend, not as strategy,
but to be alive.
—July 4, 2019