Goodnight, Protestors

Feeling like this? The SAFE Project is a place where you can share daily acts of kindness and empathy — in your pajamas. Details below.

“I want us to organize, to tell the personal stories that create empathy, which is the most revolutionary emotion.” – Gloria Steinem

This “goodnight” poem may well be one of the most shared things I’ve ever posted on Facebook, so I wanted to share it here, too. Feel free to add a comment below with anyone I may have left out, and click on “See more” to read the whole thing on my Facebook wall.
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There are so many of us contributing in our own ways to this fight, and as I wrote here yesterday, we need all the voices now.

To that end, join me starting tomorrow for the Show and Fuel Empathy (SAFE) Project, a closed group for folks who care about community, humanity, and justice to share small but tangible acts of kindness as a form of protest.

Come be seen, heard, and supported and keep your sanity intact all at the same time.

Sign up here by paying whatever you can and want to. 

Watching Animal Videos at Four in the Morning

1. THE PITBULL
Tip-toeing from the den
so as not to wake the cat,
she reminded me of myself
after nursing the baby back down,
as she stood stock-still on three legs,
the fourth hovering like a prayer
that the creak in the floorboard
hadn’t startled her friend from sleep. .

Four in the morning,
three words came to mind:
“if only,” and “imagine.” Utopian.
A world where for one day, a single day,
we treated each other with kindness.

2. THE PARROT + THE MAN
The man wore a neon construction vest;
the parrot had downy white and yellow feathers
and watched intently as the man flattened
the gilded cage with heavy work boots,
one clomp after another. Even in silence,
I could hear the bird egging him on,
cursing (as the caption told me) the cage
that had kept his freedom elsewhere.

Four in the morning,
three words came to mind:
“if only,” and “imagine.” Utopian.
A world where for a day, a single day,
we wanted each other’s liberation.

3. THE ELEPHANT
Isn’t it always the elephant videos?
The overlay of words — all caps, bold:
ELEPHANT CAUGHT PICKING UP TRASH.
Sure enough, you kind of got the feeling
she was looking to see if anyone
was around, then vacuum sealed
a ball of paper to the tip of her trunk
and tossed it into the plastic barrel nearby.

Four in the morning,
three words came to mind:
“if only,” and “imagine.” Utopian.
A world where for a day, a single day,
we took care of our own home planet.

4. TINY SCREENS 
Dimmed and muted in the dark,
a racing mind and frightened heart.
So in awe of the world’s wonders,
the beauty and the best of it,
and wondering what else we can do
to bring more kindness, more justice,
and more selflessness to the waking.