Today, I Joined the Resistance
by Theodora Goss
Today, I stood under the blue arc of the sky
and said, all these people passing by
are my sisters, my brothers.
The children playing in the parks,
running after balls
or swinging, legs stretched out,
up and down and back up again,
laughing for no reason,
are my children.
The Earth is my home, and nothing in it
is strange to me, or a stranger.
I will become a teacher, a caretaker.
The trees are my responsibility.
The birds flying above or perching
among the branches, gossiping in song,
the fish slipping under lily pads
through lakes glittering in the sunlight,
the wolves loping through forests,
the otters tumbling in river shallows,
all that lives are my family.
Even the stones, that dream
so slowly, and so long.
Today I decided that I will step lightly,
speak out, defend the defenseless.
I will live with a fierce joy,
and when I am afraid,
I will act anyway.
I will write a poem, plant a garden,
seek the truth, speak to the powerful
and say, not us, for we stand together,
sisters and brothers, for each other,
for the children, the trees, the otters,
the quick silver fish.
We stand for love, for sorrow at your depredations,
for righteous anger. Whether we are together
or, of necessity, alone.
How do I want to be remembered?
As one of those who gave in, gave up, collaborated
with the evil inside and outside myself?
Or one of those who stood
in the light and resisted? Who said
I will not collude with the enemy,
even when it is my own darkness?
Who was guided by love,
which is not an emotion,
but a decision?
Today, I joined the resistance
because it was the only choice
my heart could make
and be whole.
(The image is The Guardian of the Egg by Leonora Carrington.)