By Shannon Perry
If I encounter knife-edged voices
I will remember cool water running
in a strong stream
I will let the water be my voice.
If I encounter cold indifference
I will remember granite cliffs
that have endured icy winters
I will let the stone be my strength.
If I encounter despicable lies
I will remember the eagles soaring
over the Klickitat
I will let their winged truth carry me.
If I encounter climate change deniers
I will remember the starving polar bear
swimming to feed her cubs
I will let their hunger be my motivation.
If I encounter bigotry
I will remember our vast continent of
forests, plains and deserts
I will let its diversity be my reply.
Copyright Perry 2017