Jakelin Maquin, age seven
Just as Talequah the whale increased awareness of our environmental plight and how it impacts other living beings, this little girl, Jakelin Maquin's, death in the custody of the U.S. Custom and Border Protection in December put a human face on the suffering of those fleeing violence, poverty and death in their home country. For those arriving desperate and exhausted at closed Mexican-U.S. borders, there is no welcoming hand, just greater despair.
Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, age eight
On Christmas Day, we learned a second child had died Christmas Eve, an eight year old boy from Guatemala. His name is Felipe Alonzo-Gomez.
I am heartened by the 100 women who were elected in the midterms in the U.S. Time for women's voices to rise, along with the men who support them.
source the Great Peace Organization
For your writing prompt: Pen a poem of social commentary in free verse or form - whatever thoughts spark your muse, in contemplating these issues, whether an elegy of sorrow for the children, or a paean of tattered hope for all that needs saving. For what we save, saves us.
Whether we march or don't march, we can join our voices to those working hard to birth a better world. I look forward to reading your poems.