I Am So Tired of Waiting, Aren’t You?

world cut in two

I am so tired of waiting,
Aren’t you,
For the world to become good
And beautiful and kind?
Let us take a knife
And cut the world in two,
And see what worms are eating
At the rind.

– Langston Hughes

I am so tired of waiting for men with power, whether Hollywood moguls or sitting presidents or gang members or militia raiders, to stop abusing women. Aren’t you?

I am so tired of waiting for men with power to listen to the people on the ground who understand the situation better than they do.

And I am so tired of waiting for people to learn that it takes less energy to take care of one another, than not, and that compromise is not a dirty word. Aren’t you?

When I feel like that, I go into my cave, and close my eyes, and rest.

But after I rest, I rise again.

Because, in the words of dearly departed Tom Petty, I won’t back down.

I’m still trying to help make the world become good and beautiful and kind.

Aren’t you?

 

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