Solidarity is not a one-way street

Nor a cul-de-sac of narrow love

Solidarity is that boulevard

with wide embracing arms

and laughing lamposts with naughty bends and turns

It is hard worn

Steadfast

Remaining all the way

through hot and cold

Rain or sunshine

A two-way street

 

Solidarity road

Where each walk paths its way,

Always watching for the potholes

of false promises

And the by-ways and highways

of easy victories

 

Solidarity is the path of the place we are going to

Solidarity is also the road we have come from

 

It is about avoiding the easy road

But being wise to avoid Dogmatic avenue, that crosses Arrogance street.

Solidarity is not about the one

but the more than one

There can never be the one too many

 

Solidarity knows that

When we walk with others

We walk slower

But we walk longer

further

And Talk deeper

Humming the tales of our lives

 

Solidarity Knows that

When we walk alone

We get there faster

But we will remain alone

 

Solidarity is not a one way street

Nor a cul-de-sac of narrow love or hate

Solidarity is that steady old baobab

Immovable

And certain of its earthly place in the sun

 

Solidarity is that petal that blooms into a flower

and that flower

that brings the bees

and keep them going

 

Solidarity is that humble path

that forges into the forest

Joyful and free

Connecting sight,

smell

taste and touch

to see and believe that fears can be overcome with the fragrant taste of love and hope

 

Solidarity is that crossroad where we will meet

Solidarity is not a one-way street.

But always a two-way street

 

HassL (2019)