In Reverse

Again, again, again, again, again.
Hopes, dreams, destiny, courage, goodness, love will never be ignored again.
A child is born, infused with life by glorious freedoms, a new soul.
The birth of a challenge, the heart and fight and spirit of the hour of action;
The time for action is living; it is striving.
Great men and women are unstoppable, minds open, disagreements honest.
There is prejudice against Islam, which we will eradicate.
We do not impose our way of life, but follow friendship with understanding.
Winning will never lead to great prosperity and strength.
Every decision from this moment on, from this day forward, will decree power is the past.
Not even a thought about wealth, while we defend an oath of allegiance.
Pain, dreams, success, heart, home, destiny;
Right here, right now, mothers, children, young, beautiful, potential, families at the center;
A crucial conviction that the world is listening.
January 20, 2017 is the day the rulers again control the people.
That all changes — right here, right now.
         We will face challenges.
         We will confront hardships.
         But we are prepared.



Mallarie Stevens is a writer from Carpinteria, California, where she lives with her husband, dog, and three cats. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and works in higher education. Her work has also been featured in Inside the Bell Jar and HerStory. She can be reached at