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
Heart and mind
Compassion and brilliance
Courage and genius
The children beg to hear
the thrilling stories
again and again