All photos on this site

were taken by Dana Davis

Oakland, California, USA

copyright 2016-2019 Lorraine Bonner

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We Are More Than Even We Know

 

In the future, history teachers

will also be grief counsellors

for children bewildered and sorrowful over us.

Every part of our lives will grieve them: 

gasoline, coca cola, body cams.

Only a few will study incarceration,

and only in small groups 

with the most compassionate mentors.

 

Our calendar passes by the holidays 

they will celebrate

days when grace filled our trembling souls

and we became their ancestors.

 

We don’t know yet how it will happen

the flowering:

Heart and mind

Compassion and brilliance 

Courage and genius

 

The children beg to hear 

the thrilling stories

again and again