On this fourth day of NaPoWriMo I felt compelled to nod to Maya Angelou (it would have been her 90th birthday) and to acknowledge the atrocious assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (50 years ago). I decided to write a Golden Shovel poem using three lines from Maya Angelou’s poem “Abundant Faith.”
These times of born again fear Remind us that justice is not Yet available for all. We’ve Witnessed brutality as our brothers come Under fire—happens to our sisters too. Hasn’t this gone too far? Fifty years ago Dr. King reminded us to Persevere, “We aren’t going to let dogs or water hoses turn Us around.” We shall not wallow in despair. We must go back To that Dream. We Must go back to the truths that are Self-evident. It is time for equity. We shall walk together, not Alone. Free and empowered—no longer afraid. Brothers and sisters, your lives matter and It is time to join hands as we Sing together, work together, pray together. We shall hear freedom ring and see love overcome.
I woke up this morning and enjoyed a cup of coffee as I sat on my dry couch. When I looked up at the ceiling, I spotted a cobweb, and thought “I’ll clean that up right after I post this on social media.” I intend to call my sister today, because I haven’t talked to her for a few days. I have enough fuel to drive to see her in person if I want to. Before I go anywhere, I will shower in clean water, put on dry clothes, and drink some pure refreshing water. I might even eat some breakfast.
Today, the woman in the photo could only do one of the things that I listed. She woke up. 7 days ago Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, destroying the island. This is what she has woken up to each day since. Each day gets worse. There is no electrical power. Hospitals are shutting down. Food is spoiling. Farms were obliterated by the storms, so there will be no fresh food. There is no clean drinking water. Despair is growing. Yes, the woman woke up today, but will she wake up tomorrow? What about the other 3 million American citizens who are trapped on the island?
#SpeakUpForPuertoRico – This is a “Major Disaster” and it must be declared a Major Disaster by the US president before they will receive all the help that is available. So far, it has been approved as an “Emergency Declaration” which does provide assistance, but not enough. #BeAVoice #PuertoRico