The rain’s heavy hands
wreck the flower’s bright petals
while the water seeps
deep into the hard packed earth
roots expand, join hands, and fight
The time has come to stand up, join hands, scream in voices made of fire, and refuse to relent until we have healthcare access for everyone, bodily autonomy, equal pay, more affordable childcare options, longer maternity and paternity leave times, and everything else we need that we’ve been denied.