Immediately upon being elected president,
Lincoln’s life was threatened, and the Civil War began,
A war designed to change minds, beliefs, hearts, bank accounts and lives.
Like the Lincoln within each of us,
Each with our perspectives on human dignity,
The right to get the vaccine or not,
Each shouting “I want you to change and be more like me!”
And after the shouting, and the acrimony,
We might notice the children are watching,
They will wonder what the shouting is all about,
And they might ask:
“Why believe he is better than her?”
“When will you protect those people with accents?”
“Why allow assault weapons?”
What will we say?
BJR ….April 7, 2021