And the ship’s wise men
Will remind you once again
That the whole wide world is watchin’.
– Bob Dylan
Many ships have set a different course
And turned the flowing tide of history
To flood across horizons with a force
That sets all we thought into a flurry.
I have watched with many others and prayed
That the truth would free those forced to wed
A fate of cruelty, beaten and caged,
And I have watched those hopes and prayers fall dead.
A noble flotilla sailed to break
Our habits of neglecting the oppressed;
Their cause was no lie, nor was their blood fake
When they sailed to give hope and to protest.