• A Poem by Micki Findlay

We Cannot Go Back

Updated: Dec 7, 2019



We cannot go back to the way things were

A world filled with bigotry, judgement and fear

So many suffered for what we hold dear

We cannot go backwards; we cannot go back

Our world can be harsh; void of mercy and grace

Towards those who differ in religion or race

But we’re all connected in various ways

We cannot go backwards; we cannot go back

Black, red, brown, yellow; we’re all just the same

The same coloured blood flows through all of our veins

So how can this all be happening again?

We cannot go backwards; we cannot go back

We cannot go back to a time we thought lost;

Legalized slavery and the holocaust

All of our freedoms; they came at a cost

We cannot go backwards; we cannot go back

What gives you the right to decide who is ‘in’?

Who told you to judge by the colour of skin?

Who taught you that not being white is a sin?

We cannot go backwards; we cannot go back

“Do unto others”, yes, no matter who

“As you would have them do unto you.”

Wise words for us all; not just a select few

We can’t go backwards: we cannot go back

Judging those who are different is our tendency

But often we are our own worst enemy

More threat lies within us than externally

We cannot go backwards; we cannot go back

M.L. King was a hero; a human so rare

Who said, “Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Instead of revenge, he forgave and chose prayer

We cannot go backwards; we cannot go back

Please tell your children there’s a better way

Teach them acceptance and kind words to say

Show by example what you need to convey

We cannot go backwards; we cannot go back

We cannot go back to the way things were

A world filled with bigotry, judgement and fear

So many suffered for what we hold dear

We cannot go backwards; we cannot go back


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