WHY, HOW, WHEN, WHO

Kathryn Fleisher | Contributor

Why?

 

Her safety and her independence;

Her autonomy and her authority.

Her freedom and her brilliance;

Her and dreams and her security.

 

If not why, then how?

 

Expand understanding;

And nurture healthy community.

Of equality, be demanding;

In eliminating inopportunity.

 

If not how, then when?

 

Not yesterday, that’s far too late;

And certainly not tomorrow, for there is value in today.

A just future, we have the ability to create;

If and only if we speak out and refuse to obey.

 

If not when, then who?

 

He hasn’t;

She couldn’t.

They paved the way;

So that in this fight we could stay.

 

But if not who, then why?

 

Be her and question why not.

 

So if not why — why not?

And if not how — just do.

And if not when — now.

And if not who — me.