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I want every abusive man
 to feel
   the public disgrace
     the shame of exposure
       the powerlessness of power 
                   riches and fame


for trying to destroy
what God has made sacred for life's entrance
and blessed beautiful for lovers


yet culture
still mocks
poverty


         our beautiful
       and sacred entrance
           into life


by wealth and status,
men mere cowards
making the innocent carry
their own shame


I want every good man
 to speak 
   the culture of accountability
     and restore dignity to our nation
       empowering vocal courage in men, women
                                  and children


when once, 
oh beautiful for heroes proved
in liberating strife
our politics now avail
a disgraceful silence



© 2016 Tammy Mezera
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