When You First Wake Up

When you first wake up
Just for a moment
There is no revolution
No killing and slapping and gassing
Everything is quiet, had never existed
Black blank
It is not cold and dewy on the windows
And you are fine
There are no bleeding eyes
Someone is playing the piano softly next to you
Like they do every morning

I was dreaming about nonsense things that never happened with my family, flying a plane, or would we not fly, to take my cousin to get a haircut?

Then I opened my eyes again

—On sleeping, or trying to these days. For the pain, feelings of helplessness. For #Iran and #Iranians everywhere. For #Ukraine and #Ukrainians everywhere. Will it be #Taiwan next? For #Uvalde and #Thailand, where dozens of children were shot by lone gunmen earlier this year. For living in a time when protesting against the senseless murder of kids shouldn’t still have to be such a revolutionary act. My heart is broken with you.

~Jay B Hughes

11 responses to “When You First Wake Up”

  1. There is so much going on in the world and its heartbreaking. But I hope it gets better because the world needs peace.

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    1. It really is, and inspiring at the same time to see so many people fighting for their rights, and for peace.

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      1. Yes, it’s inspiring to see people keep fighting and not give up.

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    2. So true. I feel like a lot of heartbreaking fights have come and will come.

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  2. This is so beautiful and true. Many of us, myself included are so fortunate to not be in a life threatening situation right now 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much. It’s just strange to me how everything can just disappear at night and then there is a brief window in the morning when the data reloads and then I remember who I am again, what’s happening all over the world in the morning.

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    2. It is hard to imagine those people who fought for their basic rights for existence when we are here faraway…

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      1. Yes agreed. So lucky we are 🙂

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  3. So much going on in the world lately….
    Well written 🤍

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    1. Yes there is, sometimes it’s a strange double life, quiet in a way, but yet so horribly sad when we know what other people are going through in other places.

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      1. So true. People have to fight so hard for their basic rights…

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