Ribbons

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Today my friend gave me

blue and yellow ribbons

to pin on my jacket.

Two to hand out.

*

The war grows desperate.

Compassion for the suffering Ukrainians

battles with my smoldering anger

for the attention and support

given to that country

of white-skinned Europeans.

*

Yes, says our president,

we will take in 100,000 refugees.

*

People fleeing El Salvador

are turned away–

South Sudan, Syria, Myanmar,

Congo, Nigeria, Yemen,

Afghanistan, Eritrea—

all in states of war,

10,000 or more

deaths this year

in each country.

*

Look in the mirror with wide eyes.

Who cries on the other side of the wall?

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