Awareness of the outside world. CNN: Watch Rep. John Lewis cross Edmund Pettus Bridge for the last time. Watch this and don’t get choked up. I dare you.
Am I a terrible person?
I watched the procession across the bridge.
I had thoughts.
… Wow … 55 years later… crossing the bridge again … an amazing moment …. how far we have come … of course, if we really wanted to honor his legacy, we’d stop this voter suppression bullshit … no, that’s a Monday thought; Sunday is for ceremony … stopping at the top of the bridge … a funeral of honor is an impressive sight … the family joins the procession … two guys holding their top hats in the air … so much style on display … so much thought went into each gesture … Good Trouble written on the men’s shirts … the singing, O, my heart …
At the same time.
I was looking at the horses.
Oooh, pretty … probably Friesians … look at those lovely tails … I wonder who supplied the horses .. I wonder if we know them … not a lot of driving barns in Alabama … hmm, they are wearing poop bags … what good boys (?) … that’s lot of noise … I wonder if the driver has his mask pulled down so the horses can hear his voice aids … big hill to climb … those two guys must be their headers … you can see the horses looking to them for reassurance … there’s a lot of people around us boss, we okay? …
I try to stay focused.
I get distracted by horsehair floating by.
Title quote from Montgomery Advertiser. Updates: John Lewis honored at Alabama Capitol after procession from Selma. By Melissa Brown. July 26, 2020.
National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Selma, Alabama, USA
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