For Sophia

chapped skin frozen in a land
not her own distant from home
mocked by so many still a lady
for what is true she sought only
a protector of water and others
relatives all she knows we are
standing rock strong up against
genocidal evil hundreds years old
a Lakota life now eternal one see
gave part of herself for you
and for me

• Author’s Note:  Sophia Wilansky hit by a concussion grenade at Standing Rock ..May you always be remembered for your love of others and fighting spirit against injustice.

Robert Filos is an author of poetry and short stories that combine beauty and wit while highlighting social justice issues. Published worldwide his poetry received over 40,000 views in 2017. Born and raised in The Bronx, he now resides in the South Carolina Low-country with his wife and children. He can be reached at Read other articles by Robert.