Take Heart, Heroes

David Bowie graffiti
Image from Flickr files

We vote with every moment,
With every choice.

With our attitudes we elect our reality and the world we yearn to share.

We long for heroes to hold our hope and express our power,
Our rage, our pain, our kindness,

To make our struggle righteous,

To champion our smallness.

Yet,

We are never larger than when we are loving.

Nothing and no one is more heroic than you who choose to step into our compassion and solidarity, with one another, here and now.

Our power begins now.

Just for one day.
Every day.

 

This poem was inspired by the 2016 US election events and Peter Gabriel’s cover of David Bowie’s Heroes. ¬†We are grateful to Brandon Haydon, LCSW, a Greenhouse therapist at LifeWorks, for heartening us with these words.

 

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About Brandon Haydon, LCSW

Brandon Haydon joined the LifeWorks Psychotherapy team in January 2016. He attended the School of Social Work at Loyola University and trained at the Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). He has completed the Center on Halsted's Volunteer Orientation and Training, Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) T.E.A.M's Comprehensive HIV Training, Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP)'s Community and Ally Training and Loyola University Chicago's LGBTQIA Safe Space Training. Brandon is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG) and Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT).