The Remembrance Day poppy I have been wearing
on my outer clothing close to my heart
was a reminder of the men and women
who stood on guard
so that freedom might be ours.

In the morning, a common safety pin
will take its place.

It will be worn as a sign to all
who think that they are alone
because of hatred, racism, sexism,
religious bigotry or …
that they are not alone.

It will be worn as a sign to all
who are feeling threatened, fearful, unsafe
that others are “with them.”

The safety pin is on guard
so that freedom for all might reign
and let those who are reeling from it all,
know that those who wear the safety pin
are there to listen
stand up for you,
do what we can to let you know
you are loved.

The safety pin is on guard
and you can rely on us.

We have your back.

search© June Maffin
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