How do you do it? How do you see all your children dying and still keep seeing?
I’m sure you don’t look. I’m sure you turn away, close your eyes, cover your head. I’m sure you don’t look but still see. Tell me how you do it.
Tell me how I can change my vision, how I can see farther, how I can accept a world that’s so distant from the city that I love.
Tell me how you walk down the streets where I was raised, how you see the neighborhood where I learned what manhood meant.
Tell me how you notice what I remember and how you still keep noticing where all that love still sits.
Tell me how you keep your heart soft when the images across every screen fundamentally harden my grip on my sons’ necks for fear that what I see is all there is.
Tell me how you do it.
Tell me how you stay with it, present to it, unflinching in divine love, how you posture yourself on the pavement of the undefended.
Tell me how you’re so at home on the floors of 79th and 63rd and up north where NBC-5 doesn’t report on all the same pains that happen on the west side.
Tell me how you do it. Tell me how you see this. Tell me how you do it even if you don’t look.
Tell me how to see.