Transformation

The following submission appeared in “We Are Newton: A Neighbourhood Anthology.” See here for more information about the project.

By: D.C. Willbourn

Scary.
Dirty.
Dangerous.
Uncaring.
Obsess until your fear takes over or shut down and ignore it all.

Eyes down.
Ears closed.
Shallow breaths.
Soul darkened.
Accept this as the price you paid to escape the concrete jungle.

And then …
And then …

And then someone makes a suggestion.
“We can change this.”
“We can fight this.”
“We can make this our home.”

Don’t be silly.
We’re stuck here.
This is the way things are.
The way they’ll always be.
Right.

A few gatherings, a few meetings, a few brainstorming sessions.
Some news coverage, some volunteers, some donations.
This is the way things are.
The way they’ll always be.
Right?

More gatherings, more ideas, more commitments.
More people, more building, more creating, more support.
This is the way things are.
The way they’ll always be.
Right …

Scores of volunteers, masses of hard workers, multiple news
stories.
Hearts full of pride. Eyes full of life. New friends filled with
new purpose.

This is the way things are?
The way they’ll always be?
Right!

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