Stare fear In its eyes

We stare fear in its eyes
Its manifestations in hateful pictures and impulsive outbursts
You instill the pain from your inside on those who seem to be seeing the world differently
You cannot stand that those who are not like you are as precious as you
We stare fear in its eyes
By hugging strangers who instantly become sisters
By hugging our coworkers who don’t know how to make it to the next day
By hugging our loved ones because being present is true love
We stare fear in its eyes
With conversations flowing with vulnerability and doubt
With silences rooted in understanding
With tears and listening ears
We stare fear in its eyes
Because compassion and love are the only freeing ways to go
Because we don’t want to be crippled by apathy and bitterness
Because hope has the last say
Brothers and sisters
When we are wronged, we respond with a heart of loving justice
When we are misunderstood, we pray for grace and boldness to speak
When we are silenced, we draw and dance our hearts

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