It sounds like a joke.
It sounds like much of the world’s heart is breaking.
It feels like this signals the beginning of a time when basic levels of human decency will no longer be basic.
It feels like nobody saw beyond race, religion, greed, experience, or sexuality.
If you feel like you’re staring down the barrel of a gun pointed at your face.
Get used to it.
If you want to get an abortion or birth control.
Good luck with that.
If you think your country can avoid starting nuclear warfare.
If you think your job is secure.
If you’re a white, middle class, straight, male.
You’ll be just fine.
If you’re anything but a white, middle class, straight, male.
You won’t be.
If you’re afraid.
We can be afraid together.
If you feel like you can’t breathe.
We can breathe together.
If you need to cry.
We can cry together.
Tomorrow you get up.
Tomorrow you fight it all again.
Tomorrow you fight harder.
If you’re a parent
Your child might fix this someday
If you’re not a parent
Your child might still fix this someday
Today isn’t someday.
Neither is tomorrow.