• Jennifer Galardi

VOICE


I'd like to be a new voice

One that's not been heard

One that gives others a choice

Of who they want to be

And not demand

They

Suit or

Serve

Me.


One that empowers others

to be themselves

Without forgetting

Other selves to remember.


One that unites

But will stand for what is

Right

Even if it means being

separate from those who insist

on a fight.


I'm tired.

I'm drained

I'm not sure how long this

fight can be

Sustained.


But I'll get up

And try again

With a light

Lit by others who fuel

my flame.


I'll write

I'll speak

I'll act

In ways that make me feel okay

About laying my head at the end

of a day.


Rest peacefully.

We still have a long way

a long long way

To go.

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JENNIFER GALARDI