Amrita Rutter: ‘Look into their eyes’

  • Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Capitol in Washington. AP

Published: 1/12/2021 11:17:20 AM

I would like to submit this poem about the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Look into their eyes

That anger

Practically radiating off them

I hope it’s not as infectious as the disease they refuse to believe in

Watch the way they move

Muscles tense

Chins up

Afraid, so sure they are doing the right thing

They pull their bodies past the voice in their head

Telling them that they are on the wrong side

Past their relatives who they refused to listen to

Past the little inconsistencies in the stories that they cling to

They cross the line

Break through the windows

Once they have crossed it there is no going back

They make proof of themselves sitting at other people desks

Hang flags of bloody history

Disrespect ancient architecture

Anger clouds their vision

They are afraid

That is anger at its core

When you take away their weapons

They are quivering children

Afraid that this country is changing

Afraid that they will lose what they stole

All those years ago

How do we convince them that they are safe?

How do we show them that the country is changing for them?

That if they continue on their path

They risk losing this world for all of us

Look into their eyes

We are not seeing the same world anger where their irises once were

Tell them that they are safe

Amrita Rutter

Amherst

The writer is a student at Amherst Regional High School.



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