The sun will come up, and I will rise from my restless night,
and go about my day.
There will be beauty in the world, and laughter, and music,
There will be a community of like-minded friends with whom to commiserate,
and a long laundry list of ways to make a difference.
Yes, there must be a sense of responsibility:
to shake off the malaise, the numbness, the shock,
to understand the forces that led us here,
to help comfort the discomfited,
to participate in the healing of the brokenness,
and with urgency.
We will act out of conviction,
knowing that democracy is not a spectator sport.
We will grieve, and rage, and wonder how and why,
but we will need to learn patience.
For like the phoenix — long-lived and regenerative —
our day will come again.
Love does trump hate,
and, though long,
the arc of the moral universe will bend towards justice.
(written in the wee hours of Wednesday, November 9, 2016)
Thank you for this
Thank you, Pam. I needed that this morning. Rochelle
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thank you Pam – sending love your way ❤️💜💙💙😀
Thank you Pam for your posts. I am striving to get to that place you ask of us in this poem. Ellen
Thank you, Pam. Your writings are beautiful and so needed. Xo, Ruth
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Thanks Pam! I needed that Xo
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Beautiful thoughts, Pam; hope springs eternal. We must all work extra hard now to make sure democracy and fairness and equity prevail!
thank you so much for this, dear pam, it is a wonderful and very necessary corrective to the despair of this election. Sending love, Ronnie
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this was the most beautiful comfort I received today, Pam, so big hearted and generous. Truly inspired and inspiring and coming from someone who spent the week in the trenches it needs so much. Thank you!
Thank you. I needed that more than I can say….
Thank you so much for this, Pam â I needed it. And thank you for your 3 previous inspiring posts about your experiences while campaigning door-to-door in Easton, Pennsylvania.
My first thought upon awakening was the realization of the election result. I started the day feeling numb, as if I were in a period of shiva. Thank you for providing a little light in my first email of the day. It provided solace when I read it at a gathering Wednesday night, where we shared our dismay, our disappointment, our bewilderment, our anger.
This is beautiful, truthful, inspiring and helpful. Thank you Pam