Karen Lee Lewis and Tora Estep


Inspiration piece




Ground Truth

after Tora Estep’s “Blinded by the Goddess”


We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, 

together exist and forever will recreate each other.  

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


The body is an imperfect shield

full of apertures


The majority cannot afford

to smother ourselves

with silence

blinding our being

to injustices

that masquerade

as change


We cannot forget

those yellow whispers

their jaundiced refrains

cowardice and deceit


Misfortune is unpredictable

narrows a person’s perspective

makes us generalize our empathies


Shadows of anguish

darkened doorsteps

we spin our fears

into air that boils

our collective breath

funnels grief deep

through the breast bone


Wish it were not so


Turn about

face the prowl of search light

listen to the deafening alarm


Come now

we need every eye

to view each other whole


Place your hands

in mine

so that we can hear you

speak your mind


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