Night Labor, for Rachel Corrie
by Michael R. Burch
Tonight we keep the flame alive;
we keep the candle lit.
We burn bright incense in your name
and swear we’ll not forget—
your innocence, your courage,
your commitment—till bleak night
surrenders to irrevocable dawn
and hate yields to love’s light.
NOTE: Rachel Corrie was a young American peace activist who lost her life while serving as a “human shield” to keep a Palestinian home from being demolished by a militarized Israeli bulldozer.
Copyright © Michael Burch | Year Posted 2019
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