It seems like this is the bitter end.
How can we continue when darkness is at every bend?
When no more light shines from the sky?
When we still can hear the screams and cries?
Too many pieces of us have come undone…
and as they cry in pain, what is it we see?
More selfishness and greed.
The skies are too dark to find the sun.
We’ve tried to keep holding on,
but the sun never comes to warm us at dawn.
It seems that from this madness there is no way out.
Every drop of blood spilled lessens the doubt.
As we careen helplessly to the bottom of the abyss,
the last pieces of our souls cry, “how can things be this amiss?”
Broken and battered, there’s no reason to keep up the fight.
How CAN we when love and compassion are out of sight?
The emptiness is just too much to take;
Seems it’s better to just close off and numb the pain.
But even as the last rays of light fade away
and the innocent continue to be tortured and slain,
we must remember that darkness is NOT the only thing on display.
There is still so much light to be seen.
Amidst all the horror, we forget all the good deeds,
going on thinking we’re useless and that no one cares,
but every day, there are many shining bright, answering our prayers.
Even though we see so much tragedy day after day,
hurting more and more after every time for change we pray,
we can be the light we long so desperately to find,
letting love illuminate this dark night.
Isn’t it worth it to save a life?
To protect and enjoy the beauty that still remains?
We are not useless, and we can BE the change.
We are not weak for showing our tears,
for feeling lost when the sun disappears.
That pain we feel reminds us that we care,
that there is something worth hurting for out there.
Each one of us matters and can make a difference if we keep our wings unfurled,
to fly us all into a better world.
We can be that light shining in the night sky,
that love we’ve been longing to see for a long time.
This is not the end.
Zach Affolter is a filmmaker, writer, and environmental advocate. He is currently the Resident Sustainability Adviser at Humboldt State University, and has served as a youth representative for Dolphin Project, Peta2, Earthrace, and Global Wildlife Warriors.