Tomorrow: All is All

Einstein said:
“Learn from yesterday,
live for today,
hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is to not stop questioning.”
He looked to tomorrow.
Saw the horror to come.
Took refuge in the hope of America.

Lincoln said:
“You cannot escape
the responsibility of tomorrow
by evading it today.”
He stood in the crevice
Of North and South.
A young country on his shoulders.

Maya Angelou said:
“Hold those things that tell your history
and protect them.
During slavery,
who was able to read or write or keep anything?
The ability to have somebody to tell your story to
is so important.
It says:
‘I was here.
I may be sold tomorrow.
But you know I was here.’”
She held her head high
A lyric through chains
To be Free in America

Tomorrow may be dark
The clouds rolling in
Down the plains
Threatening to consume us
We may be angry, and sad,
Never resigned.

We must plant our steel
Raise a shield of
Love, Equality, Inclusivity, Shelter
Look to the storm and say:
“You are not welcome.
You will not bend us.
You will not break us.
We are Americans.
We stand for all.
All is not some
All does not count the coin in your pocket
Or the color of your skin
Or the religion you follow
Or the gender you name
Or the person you love
All is All.”

You are not welcome, storm
You will not define us
we dig from the basement
To the light
Your storm meets
Sunlight on the horizon.

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