From the Book of Outlines

Despite fires 
and pestilence
and the failure
of crops, the tearing
apart of families
at the border,
the disappearance
of those who stood up
to false prophets
of the law—
here we are
at a place
to begin again.
It doesn't mean
the suffering
that has taken place
has been erased or made
invisible. It doesn't mean
we will never cry again.
It doesn't mean all
must be sweeter
in the going forward,
only that it goes on
despite what we've lost,
how we've failed, what
we've celebrated
or ruined. It says
you too have the right
to walk, just like
others, through
a door whose nature
is to be open.

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