Would You Have Marched?

Would you have marched
If you had seen violence come?
Would you have spoken out when
Into a home
Only last week
Here in our town
Violence crept softly?
Would you protest
If you knew
Up the stairs
And into the room
And into the bed
Violence took what it wanted
In silence
As the girl slept.

Would you have joined
Those who were marching
Together this morning
If you only knew
That just yesterday
Saw another dad’s heartbreak
How he broke down
When he was told
About last weekend
About how in his home
The home he had built
To protect all who he loved
Was not safe enough
That Violence still came?

For Violence is stealthy
Violence loves silence
Creeping upon those it would harm
Wickedly cruel
And with no notice
No noise and no protests
In the girl’s house
And in her girl’s room
Where the girl slept
That violence came stalking.

And now in her waking
There is no marching
Now only tears quietly falling
For until all will march
Protest and make noise
The sad truth is that
Violence will live on.

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