I’ve been struggling with my feelings about the impeachment of Donald Trump. Last night, watching the votes rack up and the opposing sides face off, I felt as if I were torn in half. I never wanted this. But since the day I realized Donald Trump would be our president, I knew it was coming. It was a matter of when. With each of his horrific policies and statements, I wished it would come already. When immigrant children were separated from their families at the border to be placed in group “homes” and “facilities” without protection from God only knows what (death and abuse), I prayed for Donald Trump to be impeached. When he pulled our military out and left our Kurdish allies to bleed and die, I prayed for Donald Trump to be impeached. When Donald Trump overturned the military courts and allowed war crimes to go unpunished, I cursed God for not listening.
And now I am confronted by the reality. Donald Trump is impeached. And every Republican stood behind him, defending the indefensible, turning the truth to fit their own version of reality, spitting in the face of what is right. And I know that when he is acquitted in the Senate by his majority, something precious will die. And all I feel is sad.
When Justice Falls
By Michelle Garren Flye
You’d think I’d be happier, right?
Justice is blind, but Truth lies at her feet.
How can she not see what lies before her?
Come, Justice, set us free from tyranny!
But she can’t hear me above the multitude of lies.
Blind and deafened, she doesn’t see Truth…and stumbles.
You’d think I’d be happy, dancing…
But instead I just want to cry blood and rain.
I want to scream, wake up, stop this!
Please, please…open your eyes.
It’s not a dream, not an illusion—it’s real.
What you grind under your feet doesn’t grow back.
You’d think I’d be happy to tell you I told you so.
I’m not—in truth I never wanted to be right.
I just knew, inescapably and undeniably, that I was.
Now I sit, bowed and broken and old and tired,
At the graveside of ideals with Truth for company.
We wait together—eventually, Justice will fall beside us.