Signs of the times

It’s been a long week. It has left me ping-ponging between anger at the challenges young people face that we had never heard of growing up, and astonishment at how some of them respond with strength, dignity, friendship and love. One phrase in particular is a reflection both of what our young people endure, and of how they endure with resilience and even humour. I think you’ll know which one 🙂

cop cars in the parking lot
as the school bell rings:
another day, another twitter
feeding the fear.
A random wave of penises
washing over cellphone
screens, leaving them
scummy, defiled.
Children, wise
beyond their years;
their elders crawling
speechless in their wake.


About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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