defaced Jewish Cemeteries
in St. Louis and Philadelphia.
Rural African-American Churches
burned to the ground.
at Muslim Study Centers.
threats of violence
of the LGBTQ Community.
Unarmed African-American Men
and Women killed by police officers.
bomb threats against
Jewish Community Centers.
a Mosque set on fire.
Police Officers executed.
a Man from India
killed in an Olathe, Kansas Bar,
and Another injured.
darkness rising: unhinged, deranged.
darkness rising as American nightmare.
these desecrations will not stand.
I Refuse darkness rising.
Andrew Shattuck McBride
Refuse, resist. We must do that.
Indeed. Thank you, Laura!
I read a variation of this poem last night at the Village Books Open Mic, emceed by the incomparable Laurel Leigh.