“In the Steps of RBG” by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer


Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as quoted in Notorious RBG

So let me take one step right now,
one step toward respect.
And give me strength to take another
toward clarity. And though
my feet might feel like stones, let
me take another step toward justice.
And another toward equity. And another
toward truth. And though my legs
may feel leaden and slow, though someone
else may step on my toes, may I inch
toward forgiveness. May every step
be toward a bridge. Enough divisiveness.
And as I go, may I find joy in the stepping,
grace in the edging toward great change.
But if there’s little joy, let me step anyway.
Then take another step. And another. And another.

from Poets Respond
September 20, 2020


Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: “I think of all the ways that this one woman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, changed the world as we know it now. ‘Fight for the things you care about,’ she said, ‘but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.’ Yes. Yes. Thank you, RBG, for teaching us another way to fight.” (web)

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