By Emerald “Fitz” Fitzpatrick

All together now,
let’s clean up the river
and say hello
and say how are you
and mean it.
Let’s open the cages
open the cages
all of them this time,
every last one.
All together now,
everyone say “I’m sorry”
in ways that matter;
in Spanish, and Arabic,
and Farsi, and Salish,
in houses and food
and doctors
and no more blood
and no more blood.
Let everyone cry instead,
water, not bullets.
And mean it this time.
Save more lives than we lost last year.
Let’s change what it means
to make a country great,
to make a soul whole.
Let’s stamp out the fear in everyone’s hearts,
the fire of every burning cross,
and mean it this time
and say hello
and say I’m sorry in the form of change,
real change.
All together now. All together now.
Amen.
Blessed be.
Salaam Alaikum.
Shalom.

Emerald Fitzpatrick, also known as Fitz, is a poet, activist, and counselor in training, based out of Spokane, Washington and attending Northwestern University. They also sit on the steering committee of the Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane, a FOR grassroots affiliate group, and boast parenthood to three beautiful cats.