Here’s a list with a couple more missing DC girls and the poem I wrote this morning as I feel some kind of way. After writimg this I channeled my emotions in the studio that morning. Whew!
My daughter is 14 and if we were in DC this could be her. She’s the one who did the art for the poetry book cover coming out soon. She is vibrant and thoughtful and loving and I wonder:
If the world would care
if someone just up and snatched her away?
Would the world care
if she didn’t come home
because she’s black
and ‘they’ do things like that?
Would people search in droves
like they do for girls
with straighter hair and lighter skin?
Or would her case and my pleas
be put on the top of a growing pile
of cases deprioritized
because she doesn’t fit the profile
of one demanding attention?
Is her innocence compromised
because of her appearance?
Is she judged as unworthy
because of her parents?
Does the world, by its inaction
tell her, her life doesn’t matter
and let the curtain fall?
Or do good men and women
Those with hearts for all
Those who vow to equality and justice
Those sworn to protect the innocent
and bring right to the wrong;
do they rise up and search out
the dark corners and seedy places?
Ask the questions that are required
And persist because she’s worth it?
As they all are, as we all are
Because I know that decent people
who work to make things better
in DC face sleepless nights
and for that I thank you
But call up the press and do not stop
Before their picture’s on every station
Newspapers front page and radio
Shout out and tell the nation
Our girls our missing
Your daughters gone
We must find them
Bring them home