Light
A natural phenomenon that brings about
Visibility, clarity, knowledge, truth
An energy source through which we perceive
Color, shape, distance, intent

Darkness
A natural phenomenon that brings about
Opaqueness, obscurity, ignorance, deceit
An absence of light that ultimately masks
Color, shape, distance, intent

Light brings comfort just as darkness brings fear
We’ve witnessed darkness growing as of late
But let me be clear: that darkness is not my skin
Nor that of my kin, nor our fellow children of God

That growing darkness resides in the hearts of others
It lies within our own hearts, too
Don’t delude yourself — you are not immune
With all that in mind, I say unto you

Be the spark that lights the dark
Be a candle in the night
Lighting the fires of hope and justice
Within those around us

Be the spark that lights the dark
An inspiration to others
In a world that dehumanizes them
Through objectification or demonization

Be the spark that lights the dark
Be like Tubman or King
Bold and unyielding, facing down true darkness
Bringing light to those in desperate need

Be the spark that lights the dark
Like the father of the prodigal son
Who had nearly lost his way
But was welcomed back home

Be the spark that lights the dark
When people cry for help
And you see that they fall on deaf ears
For they are in need of champions

Be the spark that lights the dark
In this seemingly endless sea of fear, anger, and hatred
When the chips are stacked against so many others
Be the spark that lights the dark

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