Riots of Care
Incite a riot of care
A holy war of compassion
Acts of the heart with no destruction,
Only solidarity, mending and generosity.
Stand with indigenous people
In the freezing cold
Washing dishes, bearing witness.
Wear a safety pin, if you choose
A simple gesture of welcome
To transgender, lesbian, gay
Filled with fear for just reason.
Wear it for our dark-skinned brothers and sisters
Reflecting the belief that “Black Lives Matter”.
Wear it for immigrants who fear the lady’s lamp
Is not lit for them.
Wear it for people of other religions
Or no religion
Standing with people and the belief
That this country was founded on religious freedom.
Wear it for gun violence prevention and for the earth
That the killing and damage cease.
Whether or not you attach a pin to your chest
Pray for civility, for some purpling of the nation
Through the sharing of our stories.
Find support, be support.
Become educated on facts, increase your knowledge.
Become involved, increase involvement in protecting others,
In caring for the outcast, the stranger, the planet.
Be loving. Be bold.
For ultimately relationship and reverence overcome bigotry,
Kindness defeats fear,
And loves conquers hatred.
©November 3, 2016 Cynthia Langston Kirk
One row of beads strung from my safety pin:
Deep, iridescent purple – one on top and bottom
Blue and red coming together enough for people to be safe and
Iridescent green – Earth
Deep orange – Gun Violence prevention
Two brown beads, different shades – people of color, Black Lives Matter
Iridescent pale green – Immigrants
Red, yellow, green, Blue, purple – L,G,B
Pink, white, blue – Transgender people
Gold – people of different faith beliefs
Deep iridescent purple
Cynthia Langston Kirk, firstname.lastname@example.org