A Poem for the Helpers in Newtown, Connecticut
After a heavily armed young man opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school, killing 26 people, including 20 children, this poem by Jelaluddin Rumi reminded us of the good people who respond in times of tragedy, even risking their own lives.
Those Who Cannot Act
This poem by Jane Hirshfield speaks to the suffering caused by inaction. It is followed by a call to speak up, consistently and loudly, in hopes of breaking Congress out of complicity.