Shadows of History, Footsteps of the Future: A Poem Inspired by Kamala Harris

Poem by Joyeuse Muhorakeye, Democracy & Me intern

I am a shadow on the wall of history and the future of further footsteps.

I wonder if racism will ever stop

I hear a lot of screams feeling pain from the heart.

I see a lot of people suffering

I want peace among everyone

I am a shadow on the wall of history and the future of further footsteps.

I pretend trying to see the positives only

I feel like it’s not too late for people to change by loving and respecting each other’s differences. Because we all have something special that we bring into this world.

I touch broken hearts 

I worry that this reality might never end

I cry seeing people killing each other because of things like money and land, all were found on earth and will stay on earth.

Therefore I don’t see the point in fighting over it. 

I am a shadow on the wall of history and the future of further footsteps.

I understand that it might take thousands of years for all of this to change for people to understand each other better.

I say I believe in changes, the future is unknown; we might be surprised by what our today’s world might turn into.

I dream that we can all change for the better in order to create a better future for ourselves and our future generations.

I try to live by a good example.

I lift people up instead of dragging them down. I am Kind and I’m the best version of myself.

I sometimes wish I can get lost in my dreams so that I won’t have to face this broken and painful reality.

I am a shadow on the wall of history and the future of further footsteps.

Joyeuse was inspired to Inspired to write this poem by the words of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaking on Nov. 7, 2020, and by the above image created by Bria Goeller. Here’s the story behind that widely shared image:

https://news.emory.edu/stories/2020/11/er_bria_goeller_harris_bridges/campus.html

And here’s an NPR story from Melissa Block about other young girls and teens who look up to Kamala Harris.