When Will It be Enough?

When Will It be Enough?

I decided to write this poem because of the sheer amount of pushback I noticed so far. What has to happen to entice someone to act? When is the line crossed?

Women beaten in the streets,

Jailed and shamed.

The crime: demanding equality,

Not wanting to be chattle.

Passerbys sigh and move on.

When will it be enough?

 

United States citizens,

Rounded up and interned.

The crime: assumed collusion

With Axis powers.

Passerbys shrug their shoulders.

When will it be enough?

 

Millions of Jews

Eradicated and destroyed.

The crime: stereotypical lies

Of Hebrew caricatures.

Passerbys shut their blinds.

When will it be enough?

 

A young black boy kidnapped,

Mutilated and killed.

The crime: supposed whistling,

Possible lecherous conversation.

Passerbys shake their head.

When will it be enough?

 

Mass genocide and subjugation

Of Chinese, Tutsi, Non-Arabs, Russians,

Armenians, Cambodians.

The crime: assumed lesser genetics.

Passerbys betray their neighbors.

When will it be enough?

 

A young man,

Tricked, beaten, and left to die in the cold.

The crime: being gay,

And around homophobes.

Passerbys light candles and forget.

When will it be enough?

 

Throughout history,

Society has grown by leaps and bounds.

Every step forward,

We leave behind common courtesies.

Every past horrific action, we say,

“Never again, never forget”

 

But we know this isn’t true,

As in 2016 we are dealing with the same.

Racism, bigotry, xenophobia,

Are still kept close to the breast.

Don’t be a passerby,

May this hate so move you to act.

 

If you see someone being harassed because of race,

Shout, “That’s enough!”

If you see a gay man being beaten,

Shout, “That’s enough!”

If you see an immigrant being chastised,

Shout, “That’s enough!”

 

We can finally learn these lessons,

If we agree these crimes have no place in our future.

Let respect and humility drive you; let love envelop you.

So generations can look back and know,

The threshold was reached,

And that today was enough.

 

MDW

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