I Am But One …

I am but one
but not the only one
I am one witness
but not the only witness
against intolerance, injustice, and hate

and because I have seen
the ways of evil
and how it festers and grows
silence is not
can no longer be
an option

I am one voice
but not the only voice
I am one
among many
a gathering force of consciousness
shining a light on truth

perhaps action does speak
louder than words but inaction speaks
loudest of all and so
when those very first seeds of bias are sown

I will be a witness and a voice
and a stand against ignorance and indifference
the grotesque and insidious
enemies of us all

I am one
and not the only one
I myself
and not only myself
can be a source of the change
I wish to see

from the heart, mind, and pen of Minx Boren


Minx Boren
Minx Boren
Minx Boren is a Master Certified Coach, credentialed through the International Coach Federation, as well as a motivational speaker and workshop/webinar facilitator. She is author/co-author of sixteen books, including Friendship Is a Journey, Healing Is a Journey, and, most recently, Decades of Gratitude, Gusto, Grit & Grace. Minx is a longtime community leader and activist and has served as president of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches 2013-14 and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Women’s Foundation of Florida since 2007. She is the 2013 recipient of the Giraffe Project, presented by Women’s Chamber of Commerce to women who “stick their neck out for others. ”Her current focus is on exploring with olders what it means to grow into our later years with gratitude, grace, and gusto. As an adjunct professor at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, she offers courses on such topics as Navigating by Values, Resilience in Stressful Times, and Healthwise Living. As an author, Coach Minx leads workshops at spas and wellness centers as well as for the Women’s Foundation of Florida for those who want to write a book or articles for publication or simply want to learn to journal their personal reflections more effectively. Minx is the CJO – Chief Journaling Officer – for Purpose Journals, a company that offers unique journals, webinars, tools, an active writing community along with significant support for anyone who wants to “discover yourself on the page.” Minx is involved with developing and presenting local Sustainable Living initiatives including, because of her background in nutrition and wellness, programs on Food Glorious Food – A Sustainable Perspective. For the past 10 years, she has been sending out a Balance Point Newsletter every other week – thought-provoking ideas, questions, and action challenges - along with selections of poetry from her poem-a-day practice – all from a coach perspective. You can sign up to receive them on her website.

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  1. Good Morning Minx, Thank you for your inspiration message. I just finished an article and was debating about sending it out. In some corners it will be controversial but “I am one witness but not the only witness against intolerance, injustice, and hate.” So, I will send my article, “Spiritual Ignorance: America’s Downfall?” to Dennis. We all have a voice and need to listen to each other, even if we disagree. Stephanie Mann

  2. Thank you Dennis for posting this. I remember when I first wrote this poem, pouring my heart onto the page in a moment of grief and rage….trying to figure out how to BE in the midst of all that was happening. I am forever grateful for the gift of poetry as a way to get at the root of a feeling, an idea, a prayer, a dilemma…and anything else churning around within me.