The 71st letter: a poem

A Dear Governor Haslam encore

Dear Governor Haslam

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 71st letter to you.

When does one man matter to another
When do ears hear the cries
And eyes see the tears
And hearts know that mercy and compassion
Are real choices
More than dollars and cents
More than “realism” not real
When is sickness and death
Not the sentence of the poor
When is care what we do for other people
And not doled out in portions
To make sure it is not stolen
When is the health of our neighbors
A measure of the health of our hearts
And not a threat to the health of our wallets
When will law become the instrument of justice
And not the chains that protect the poor from opportunity
How can we protect the health of our community
When health is not available to all
When will freedom not be a weapon against the poor

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