alden solovy

We Will Be Heard - a prayer for Inauguration Day 2017, by Alden Solovy

Today I am an immigrant, A drag queen, A rape survivor.

An African Methodist Church set on fire, A mosque pelted with rocks, A synagogue painted with hate.

I am disabled. A woman paid half of a salary. A Black man encircled by police. I am Asian, Latino, Hispanic, Native American and Multi-Racial. Yes, We pray for wisdom and grace To land like a miracle

On the President, transforming his rhetoric of hostility and violence Into deeds of compassion and love.

And still we stand in shock and fear that our rights will be trampled in public and repealed in law. Don’t say suck it up. Don’t say get over it. We haven’t forgotten the lynching, The darkness of the closet, the death by back-alley abortion. Today I am Roe v. Wade, Obergefell v. Hodges, Brown v. Board of Education,

The child of slaves, The child of illegals, The child of gay parents, The child of a vision for freedom And the yearning for inclusion Rejected by those coming into power.

Today I am an American, A citizen of the United States, A child of democracy, A patriot, Dedicated to justice, Dedicated to liberty, Dedicated to action, Demanding to be heard.