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Skin on the Rope

Valada Flewellyn  | Published on 6/6/2020

 

"In these challenging times I am hopeful that this poem, Skin on the Rope, will highlight the individual responsibility we ALL share to  curb this bias.

Our Alliance for Truth and Justice (ATJ) member Valada Flewellyn is the poem’s author.

She reads it as a short 2 min video on our website."
~Charley Williams, former Co-President, LWVOC

Visit www.ocoeemassacre.com and learn more about ATJ and the upcoming exhibition at the Orange County Regional History Center of the 100th year anniversary of what has been termed "the bloodiest day in American political history."


Skin On The Rope

by Valada Flewellyn written January 28, 2020  

 

We all have skin on the rope

Whether a neck on the rope

Or a hand on the rope

We all have skin on the rope

The pain of that connection

Grips us, entangles us

 

Compels us to examine

Our history, then construct

Tomorrow to manifest the 

Wounds that need

More than a band-aid

 

Wounds that warrant more

Than a cursory examination

We must dissect the

Fibers of our history

Inspect our suspect

Moral Consciousness

 

Which allows sin to fester

As we turn our heads 

Away from the atrocities

That grab our children

Drowning them in the muck

Of our making

 

Leaving them unprepared

Unprotected but infected

Generation after generation

From our refusal to acknowledge

 

How we have Failed 

Our children…All 

 

We ALL have skin on the rope.