My heroes don’t wear caps or camouflage

    By Rayanne Prince Chidzvondo

    My heroes don’t wear caps or camouflage
    Don’t snipe or hide behind mirages
    Don’t shoot hoops in Nike shoes
    Or praise Jesus while supporting corporate issues, condoning humanity

    My heroes hold hands on picket lines and tear gassed streets
    Wear blood red wounds from aggressive police
    Sigh and cry for the innocent
    Try and try against impossible odds
    Sing songs of freedom
    Not the military type but the kind that social movements keep bringing

    And they are still bleeding
    And they are still singing
    And they are still marching
    And they are still dreaming

    My heroes keep
    Carrying children from the wreckage
    Running into burning buildings
    Bandaging wounds
    Holding the hands of strangers who are in danger,
    Sheltering strangers, feeding strangers,
    Caring for the poor,
    Singing songs of love,
    Putting down their guns and refusing to kill
    While they pass out water bottles on the battlefield

    These are my heroes
    And they are still healing
    And they are still singing
    And they are still loving
    And they are still dreaming


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