A jug of bleach
A bottle of water
A loaf of bread
We start a list of things needed
when a storm is on the horizon.
Everyone grabs loaves of bread
a guarantee against short-term hunger.
Bleach is to disinfect drinking water
in case you don’t have power to boil it.
My friend bakes a cake,
to pass the time waiting
for the storm to hit
and humor the household.
We know how to prepare for a storm.
Meanwhile the news points elsewhere:
to resignations and pardons,
to discrimination and deportation.
What jug, what bottle, what loaf
can bolster us for the struggle
against the wrong people do?
No grocery store bread can do it.
You put your own body on the line
for goodness, for mercy, for justice.
You are the bread we need,
the bread that will sustain us.
Give us life
and strength to live it
on the line for You.