History

Can we hide from history?
Close our eyes as all around
the world reshapes itself
And leaves us,
marooned,
Helpless to help.

Can we change the way things are?
Reach out and grip the desperate hands
begging for our aid
And feel that
maybe,
There is a chance.

We style ourselves as free people
And yet our freedom is too slight
to make much difference
We can not
alter
The way things are.

None can hide from history
It laps our shores from distant lands
their tragedy is ours
We must keep
trying
To make a change.

E.M. Swift-Hook

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