Tonight I Pray
There were two pieces of news reported this evening. Both took turns on my social media feed. Both in succession. Both elicited an emotional response. The first, news about the head of state that declared the nation still not ready for homosexuality. They say it takes mountains to be moved before the law would change. A parent cheered at the news. It could have been worse. He enjoyed the opening night of the SEA Games. He was at peace. Many others were not. The second, a report about the state of local students and teachers, still uncontactable in a neighbouring country, a result of an unlikely earthquake that shook a mountain. A parent shuddered at the news. It could have been hers. She didn't enjoy the opening night of the SEA games. She was adrift. Many others were not. The fireworks ended. The opening was done. The head of state retired back to his home. What was he to say to the LGBTs? What was he to say to the parents of those who are still unfound? Time to pray for the missing ones. Time to pray for the missed out ones. Tonight my heart is burdened. Differences aside, orientation or geographical. Tonight I cannot sleep. Tonight I pray.
artwork by Jesùs Leguizamo