I am a handmaid for myself

but I stand here for all of you,

for both the ones who cannot see

and all of those who know too well

how fragile is our grasp on all

the liberties we think we own

I will not turn and look away

while the rights are stolen in the night

from me, from you, by those who should

be guarding freedom for us all

so, with my sisters, here I stand

and watch - we will not let the thieves

escape our notice nor avoid

the condemnation they deserve


- Kate B.