Until

Until we can cry with the young man
  who has lost his father, we do not know
Until we can cry with the mother
  who is now a single parent, we do not know
Until our hearts break because another
  man has died, we don't know
Until we stop making excuses 
  explaining away, justifying, we don't know


We don't know love
  we don't have the capacity of heart
We don't know seeing
  because we deny how many have died
We don't know justice
  because we want to put our mind at rest
We don't know loss
 because we refuse to identify 

This is the heart of love
  daring to openly cry
This is the heart of understanding
  saying this is enough
This is the heart of true justice
  casting our eyes to the sheer number of times
This is the heart of loss 
  being vulnerable to feeling another's pain

Walk this way with me
  dare to say it is enough
We walk this road with 
  our neighbors those who we should love
We walk this road arm in arm
  not seeing difference, instead our shared humanity
We walk this road seeking light
  true transparency, the light we supposed to shine