Out of the pool, into the politics
“Speechless, but focused.”
This sign caught my attention during the Women’s March through downtown Oakland (Saturday, January 21, 2017). Why was this the one I remember first when I think back around the energy of that day? Certainly there were tons of memorable signs: “Warrior Princess”; “Pussy grabs back ”; “It’s so bad, even introverts are marching!”
Yet this sign around a silent and deep attention seemed to mirror the words and meaning on my own sign: “This strains my credulity on so many levels…..”
What can we do? What can I do?
I don’t know. I am a writer. So I will write. And there is a long history of writers protesting repressive regimes: George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Maya Angelou?
Does she count?
More than most, I think. Her writing sings of pain and beauty. I will find a quote of hers to end with:
“A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.” Maya Angelou