I want to cry
we’re not all like that
we don’t all want to destroy
the environment
we don’t all want to build
and wield
walls and weapons
we don’t all want to punish
anyone who differs
we don’t all want to withdraw
funding and support
from everything worthwhile

but the way things look

will anyone believe me?

Beate Sigriddaughter,, lives in Silver City, New Mexico, where she was poet laureate from 2017 - 2019. Her poetry and prose are widely published in literary magazines, including online. Unsolicited Press published her poetry collection Emily in 2020. She posts other women's work on her blog Writing In A Woman's Voice. Read other articles by Beate, or visit Beate's website.