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eyes with the
courage to stay open.

they’re the only hope we have
to find the peace we say we
want to see. what could we
possibly hope to discover
with our backs turned?

to fall asleep & invent
the world we like with blinders on
is a pretty game of privilege, &
may be a pleasant illusion,
but it will never soothe a soul.

Courage moves toward,
moves close, looks in
the eye, feels with, moves with,
fights for. she acknowledges
her failure, & my, she fails often.
but she tries & tries again for
the love of her brother,
her sister, the very
ground on which she stands.
yes, Courage keeps her
eyes wide open.

      what do you see?

 – Torri Hodges                                                                                             

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