The community was outraged at the slaying of a beauty queen.
The community was up in arms as the first black child entered and all white school.
The community wailed over the destruction of their polluted beach
But they were silent as a young child cried to be heard;
Used her young lungs to call to anyone.
She used her worn hands to reach to them
But the community never touched her fingers.
Where was the community when this child was crying?
They were up in arms about the number of stray cats on their streets.
They did not and would not hear this little girl.
Where was the community when this young child ran naked and afraid down their streets begging for help?
No more community support.
She was black, bloody and bruised.
They would not see.
They would not hear
Faith Magdalene Austin
SUNDRIP – Art for Life
Copyright 2012 Sundrip Journals All rights reserved
Our priorities are backwards. We overlook the obvious and allow ourselves to become complacent. We allow ourselves to be distracted by some of the smallest things ever because then we can say, no, I didn’t act to possibly prevent a tragedy because I was too wrapped up in this tiny, insignificant matter.
Do you not know, do you not understand that what matters most is how you treat your children?