From the recording Delay is Not an Option

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Delay is not an Option

I have my family here with me. We have no home, no lands
We seek a place to lay our heads. Will you extend your hands? We flee.
We flee our native brothers
Gone is everything we’d built
We seek the willing hearts of others
Our hearts and blood are spilled

All blown away, torn away by hatred, by creed
Nothing left but life itself, we had to flee
Fled with what we carry. What I carry is my daughter
And I carry hope
We walk

Walk overland for mercy
Grandmother sleeping in the cold
My daughter cries in hunger
and I? I cannot carry both

But I can, I do, work hard
We have strong hands. We have fast minds
We’ll build again all the precious,
Precious things we left behind

So recently we had a home, I cared for my family,
Helped my neighbor, raised my son…

All blown away, torn away by hatred, by creed
Nothing left but life itself, we had to flee

What do you see?
A mass of bodies with no identity
Without humanity
…Or can you see? Do you see
Another place, another time
Others crossed the sea
Your people were like mine
This is as your own history

All blown away, torn away, by hatred, by creed
Nothing left but life itself, they had to leave

Delay is not an option
I know I’m not convenient
Oh I know we’re not convenient
We know we’re not convenient… but we’re here

We’re here. We run from fear
Run toward yet another fear
Fleeing hatred, we‘re so hoping not
To face the same things here

Delay is not an option. I know I’m not convenient
Oh I know we’re not convenient. We know we’re not convenient.

I have my family here with me
We have no home, no lands
We seek a place to lay our heads

Seek a place to start again
Seek the willing hearts of others
Will you extend your hand?

© 2015 Karen Robinson