The Sketchbook proposed a writing challenge for participants to write about Hope or Fear after last year's election. I chose to write about why we must have hope, and filled my sketchbook with my thoughts expressed mostly in poetry, with some graphics that I used as post cards, too. The entire book is my way of resisting and not accepting the person in the White House as our legitimate President
My Poem: Hope
To refuse to accept the status quo To stand up to bullies and tyrants who suffer from their own delusions And appeal to the most divisive characteristics of humanity To be unafraid to counteract and dispute propaganda To believe, to insist, that America has an open doo To reject xenophobia To be wary of those who rant and rave, belittle, cheat, lie, defy the law and mock others. To beware of those with no scruples, morals or ethics. - To investigate when they won't accept responsibilities for their misguided actions To denounce the destroyers of our planet, to denounce the destroyers of our health care and education systems To be progressive and bold. to never become submissive To be aggressive and strongIn our collective beliefs To be powerful and compassionate To remain defiant To be a formidable presence. To inquire, to question and To stimulate imagination and creativity and To attract the brightest and the best, globally. - To envision and America where liberty does mean for all To be inclusive and energized by new thoughts and ideas and To be inspired by our leaders To welcome and find some common ground to improve the lives of all citizens. To assert our right to live in a free society. To agitate, to oppose, to awaken, to protest To make the struggle worthwhile. To encounter adversity and to keep going. To spark and awaken a new American dream To resist, every day, so that when it ends, we will move forward into the light and Have hope for the future of our country.