LET ME

Lord, let me be the kind of person

who holds Ruby Bridges’ hand

to offer my seat to Rosa Parks

to shelter Ann Frank

to step in front of a baton

meant to beat an old Jewish woman

in 1939

Let me walk with Dr. King

and hold up my arms

at the dying of a student

at Kent State

Let me do more than hope

Let me do more than wish

Let me do more

Let me

let me be the change.

Kathy Keogh

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UNDONE

You wrung my heart

like a rag

twisting it tightly

between the skeleton fingers

of your manicured hands

Wringing it out

like the hundred times

before

Using it

to clean up another of your messes

I suppose

Funny

this time it doesn’t

hurt

To take a heart

as true as mine

and to twist it

to fit your needs

I am done

but not

undone.

Kathy Keogh

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She IS Gray

She was always monotone

gray

slate

gainsboro

When she is near

I feel the need

of a shawl

My vibrant colors

startle  her

So she retreats

She has asked me

to hide

my reds

my greens

my blues

But I can not

I accept her

overcast eyes

but she

cannot accept

my green eyes

squinting from the sun.

Kathy Keogh

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PRAYERS IN HEAVEN

 

 

PRAYERS IN HEAVEN
In Heaven
Prayers appear as bubbles
Ephemeral
with a million rainbows
reflected on them
When they *pop*
they strike a chord
all in perfect
harmony
Heaven
is awash in bubbles
and the music
that they make
fills the air
with Love.
and Hope.
And Faith.
The children in Heaven
run, chasing the bubbles
giggling
as they *pop*
Pray
Pray
Pray.
kathy keogh

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BLACK MASS

 

You’re a hard place to fall

with your jagged edges and your shards of glass

Your arms are no safe harbor

and your  green eyes are  High  Black Mass

I can’t count the times I rescued you

only to find I’m pushed out on your ledge

You’re a hard place to fall

As I  dust my broken heart off

the cold wind blows away my pledge.

Kathy Keogh

 

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IF WE DO NOTHING

 

 

If we do nothing
If we let our freedoms
be taken from us
If we don’t push back
and protest
If we don’t hold on
with all of our might
to our inalienable rights
Holding on
until our hands
are shaking
and bleeding
until our backs are sore
and our voices hoarse
from shouting,”We The People!”
If we let this moment
pass us by
and do nothing
Our children’s children
will surely ask us ,”Why?”
and there will be
no good answer
only hollowed eyed regret.
RESIST!
Kathy Keogh.
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COURTNEY

 

 
The world lost a bright light today.
Prayers
were taken by the wind
and now she hears them
The light
we called Courtney,
is still here
in our hearts
in our memories
She shared pieces of her spark
with all who knew her
Her light will show us the way
as we stumble through
this darkness..
I’m better for having loved her.
The world is better for having known her
But for now we stumble…
Kathy Keogh

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