“It is cruel. Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert.”—Laura Bush, former First Lady, 2001-2009

Years from now, regardless of gains or losses in the economy, the Trump Administration will be remembered for other things, from its response to Charlottesville to its failure to respond to the crisis in post-Maria Puerto Rico. However, like the generation that allowed the illegal seizure of assets and imprisonment of innocent Japanese-American citizens in internment camps, we will all be remembered as the generation that allowed what happened at the U.S. border in 2018. (As 400+ Children Remain Separated from Parents, Trump Admin Wants to Detain Kids Indefinitely) — Frank LaRue Owen

Though there be a tempest inside your chest
though you are afraid and do not know rest,
you do not go alone.
You do not go alone.

Though there be unrealized dreams of yours
still trying their best to churn into form,
you do not go alone.
You do not go alone.

Though you've been ripped from the loving warmth of someone's arms
and had your guiding hope of freedom and safety wrenched away,
you do not go alone.
You do not go alone.

Cast aside.

Out of Sight.
Out of Mind.

You do not go alone.
You do not go alone.

 “Detention” by Nalidsa Sukprasert / www.facebook.com/Nalidsa

“Detention” by Nalidsa Sukprasert / www.facebook.com/Nalidsa

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(c) 2018 / Frank LaRue Owen (Wandering Stone Lantern) / purelandpoetry.com

sound: In November / David Darling

image: The Art of Nalidsa Sukprasert