For Josie and For Annie: On Impossible Fights

Before the stampede,

No one knew there was danger.


• • •


Momentarily, two leaders shed their walls,

And they cry out their respect for one another.

In tears of love

And solidarity

And strength.


I'm reminded

Of the importance

Of the impossible fight.


Pick up a torch,

And just when you think you might fall,

Someone will grab it

From your hand.


I'm reminded

That hope

Lies far beyond myself.


Climb mountains that are impossibly tall.

Ax trees that are impossibly wide.

Swim oceans that are impossibly deep.

Fight impossible battles.

Dream impossible visions.

Lift impossible burdens.


• • •


She ran from an impossible predator,

And she started a stampede.