Tell me what I can say that will help you see that our circumstances are far different than the stories you tell yourself about them. Tell me what would bend your ear and soften your heart.
Tell me what I can say that would make you less hesitant to stand by us. I know you love us, but something holds you back. Tell me what would give you courage.
Tell me what I can say that would make words like sin and broken and agenda fall away, because those don’t live here any more than they live in your home. Tell me what would open your mind.
Tell me the words and the order and the sequence and I’ll speak it out. I’ll give you something to hear.
Because I know too well the hole in the chest that silence leaves.