KB (July 21,1957 / Provo, Utah)

Responsibility

In the face of terrible abuses
what can I do
my responsibility is …
hearing, not only listening
feeling, not only watching
doing, not only crying

Sometimes a poem or a song
stays with me
words of the one witness
survivor of tragedy
heard

I feel and remember
looking for ways
to stop abuse
still I wonder
at the impact of living
in a world without voices

So many women and men
killed before I was able
to feel their spirit
too many people
'disappeared'
along with a part of my heart

by Kimberly Burnham

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