I want to reach out and answer him, he who hides
from his own questioning. I want to teach him
how to speak the words that fear has silenced
and stand tall amongst the beating hearts
for in his tears are the rhythm of survival.
I want to reach out and heal her, she who suffers
the pain of failure. I want to show her how to rescue
herself from the chains of self/denial
and become a witness of renewal
for in her eyes is the vision of revival.
And I want to reach out and become them, they
who dream the dreams that arise from the future
of their souls. I want to show them that there is reason;
a reason to become who they desire to be
because within their smiles are the echoes
of tomorrow’s freedoms
for they are the foundation of hope’s arrival.
Tarringo T. Vaughan