I was returning home from a trip to Washington, D.C. this month. After running into Senator Cory Gardner (excuse me, Senator Gutless Wonder) on the moving walkway and letting him know just what one Coloradoan thought of him (Hey, Cardboard Cory! We HATE you in Colorado…We WANT YOU TO RESIGN!) I felt re-inspired to stand up once again for our democracy. I know it’s being tested as we all are — these four years are, shall we say, beyond brutal to try to sustain? — but we are making progress, slowly but surely. We are connecting, we are finding — each other and parts of ourselves — in moments and in ways that we didn’t ever know before. We are uniting and we are moving — towards all that we hold dear about our country and all that we find important — life, liberty, justice, peace, joy, and reverence for all — in this mosaic land of ours.
This is my prayer for today’s democracy — may we all embrace it in our hearts and take it into our minds — and may we keep speaking out for what’s right and true — not because it’s our personal belief, but because it’s the truth of a life filled with integrity, fairness, strength and equality — for all of us, not just the privileged few.
We shouldn’t have to hide behind closed doors
to be free from fear of violent arms.
to protect the lands we love.
We shouldn’t have to march through cold and wet and wind
to express our sovereignty, our independence or our wills to reside in peace.
Our hearts needn’t ache to grieve wildlife at risk
on account of developers, exploiters, land rapists and money grabbers,
crawling around in the dark of night under cover of power, to steal, monopolize and hoard for them and theirs.
We shouldn’t be crying or pleading
to be treated with dignity or respect.
in this last hurrah of the dark masculine.
This is what’s occurring
before the rise of the enlightened feminine,
birthing, dancing, nurturing and protecting
all life, all we hold in our hearts and in our homes.
For this land and the wildlife, this liberty, this joy, this abundance, this freedom, this fullness of our humanity — isn’t for just the privileged few —
but belongs to all of us.