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Published on Oct 7, 2016
Who are we Beyond a you and a me An us or a them an enemy a friend Blue or red This or that We are more than white or black We are more than either or at the core We are families scraping dinner together from whatever's in the house Doing dishes, taking the garbage out We are neighbors, taking notice, eye contact, a smile and a wave a moment to connect, maybe catch up on the day All the in betweens of our everyday stuff are the bright threads that weave this tapestry into a many-colored splendor We are friends and mentors We are members of one another And the heart of our body politic beats to the rhythm of daily life, not to the controversies and double-talk. Those are just a rash. And Politics often merely pokes at the skin, forgetting what is within. It provokes rather than hopes, sees di-vision before the high vision of our togetherness. We are more than rich or poor, gated communities or ghettos, We are neighborhood dwellers, do-gooders, storytellers We are neighbors, duty-bound to love. We are next-door to each other whether we know it or not. We don't have all the answers, but we've got the questions that press on the process of democracy. And we the people are primed to define for ourselves what we want for the future of this land of milk and honey, many generations and peoples, each carrying a promise, precious in the story that we tell and the story that is telling us: We're on the same boat, and we are shipwrecked on these shores of Lake Michigan. And we owe each other a terrible loyalty.