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Wake to Every Morning

 Jesse carving copy

Wake to Every Morning

The day of feasting follows months of agony.

We have been here before

In a snapshot of history

Simply because

The rule of the law

Has been made a travesty again.

In the eyes of youth around the world

Lack of representation forces the hand

Of the oppressed.


In the long aftermath of colonization

Intergenerational pathology

Sears the soft whimpering of humid Missouri streets

Gone cold by conflict,

Thickened by diversified testimony

In Ferguson.


When the flames catch inside neighborhoods

A woman cries because her store has been mercilessly torched

While the nation gorges on harvested bounty

Needless chaotic retaliation for the killing.

Some syrupy good ol’ boys ignore

Centuries of low paid workers.

Keep on, keep on, keep on,

Wake to every morning

Intent upon change.


Leaders, where have you gone?

The true speakers, labeled “protestors”

Replace apathy with fervor, don’t turn away.

Those who walk the pavement are the new spiritual force

Eons beyond mere words written in ivory castles

Or by isolated people tapping keyboards

Spewing doubt.


The phrases once used are yesterday’s news.

The point of tipping has disappeared into the future,

You are here now.

This is the future.

Stay strong, keep moving,

Keep talking.

The ancestors

Hear you calling out

In the deep night of reflection.

Wake to every morning.



Journal prompt: Have you been paying attention to the incident at Ferguson, Missouri, USA? What are your views? Do you feel the grand jury rejecting an indictment is a good decision?


Copyright 2014 by Susan E. Rowland, all rights reserved

Photo above: Jesse in a moment of reflection while carving



I made it this far and plan to keep going. I believe nature heals the soul. I love to journal, to write, do art, and music. I'm not afraid to tackle tough subjects. Solar-powered & drive hybrid. Trying to do my part. Earned my BA at 53. And, I believe, it's never too late to have a happy childhood.

2 thoughts on “Wake to Every Morning

  1. Prose can’t express the Ferguson travesty. “In the long aftermath of colonization Intergenerational pathology Sears the soft whimpering of humid Missouri streets Gone cold by conflict Thickened by diversified testimony In Ferguson.” This could be an epitaph. I hope it is a wake up epiphany. Thanks for your poetry.

    1. Thank you, my friend Viva.I thought I was done with the incident until I watched the interview with Michael’s parents, and observed the reaction by so many. Who hasn’t had a teenager who did “dumb” things? So much bothers me. They didn’t contact Michael’s parents right away. Why? The response by law enforcement (and I do support LE fully), was not impressive. I think that a dialogue could have, and should have taken place instead of a confrontation. Walking in the street is not grounds for murder. If DW had calmed down a little, he could have taken MB in for questioning about the convenience store incident. He could have picked him up later. I feel for today’s youth. Too much pressure, not enough opportunities, and we are faced with education cuts, lack of jobs, and so forth. Here’s to a better future.

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