Amid loud voices
near the statue of Robert E. Lee,
two men, one white, one black.
one for, one against,
one a plumber, the other a coach
speak of the history that brings them there.
For fifteen minutes
they listen and speak
and when their conversation ends,
they shake hands and briefly hug,
having acknowledged their differences
and embraced their shared humanity.
If they can do it, so can we.