Oscars 2020

It’s raining here in LA

& that in itself is a small Miracle

I’ve learned to embrace Wishes

& Prayers, & Miracles no matter

The size.

I’m watching the Oscars

Smiling and crying for strangers

I know so well

I wish I was dripped in gold

Protected & valued,

As a trophy should be

I scream for the people of color to win

For the women in front of & behind

The cameras & films.

I imagine the feel of exuberant dresses

And fabrics that walk the crimson carpet

Diamonds and pearls sparkling like

Stars worn by stars

I don’t wish to be like them

I’ve shared in their journey

Our support gave them fame

So it is ours as well

But I long for them to look more like me

& not like me

& like my mother

& like my neighbors

Like people I’ve never seen

& people I long to learn about

I long for them to look like you

& them

& us

& everyone

The Oscars should be for everyone

~R.K. Russell

Oscar statues stand off of Hollywood Boulevard in preparation for Sunday’s 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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