Sidelines

  1. Show up to the protest, but put away your sign. 
  2. Shuffle to the shadows, perhaps another time. 
  3. Mouth closed with a zipper, your hands behind your back.
  4. Step in line with others, responding to the crack. 
  5. Spirit—eager, willing—is anchored to the floor.
  6. Heart so filled with justice is tucked into a drawer. 
  7. Marching to the music, in place, but knees up high. 
  8. Stuck in your small prison; your daughters walk on by.