Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to America: I have a dream. I also have a need.

In listening to an emotional virtual appeal by Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy to the Congress of the United States this morning, I felt the despair of this leader who had watched his beautiful country together with many numbers of its men, women and children obliterated by an evil neighbor for reasons known only to that neighboring country’s president and his supporters.

If President Zelenskyy could sing, and I don’t know whether he can, he could have closed with some of the words and music of “I Look to You,” singing along with the American gospel group Selah from their album Hope of the Broken World:

As I lay me down
Heaven hear me now

Winter storms have come
And darkened my sun
After all that I’ve been through
Who on earth can I turn to?

I look to You, I look to You

After all my strength is gone
In You I can be strong I look to You, I look to You
And when melodies are gone
In You I hear a song
I look to You

I don’t know if I’m gonna make it
Nothing to do but lift my head

My levees are broken
My walls have come crumbling down on me
The rain is falling, defeat is calling
I need You to set me free
Take me far away from the battle
I need You to shine on me

The people of Ukraine are looking to us and our Allies around the globe for help to stop not only the physical crumbling walls but also the assault on our vision of freedom and our democratic way of life. Make no mistake, as President Zelenskyy has consistently reminded us, the destruction of Ukraine is but the beginning of a world war against securing the blessings of individual liberty for all people and for their posterity.

I have a dream, Zelenskyy said to the Congress today, but I also have a need to reclaim the skies over Ukraine, to stop the senseless bombing of my citizens and our homes. He is looking to us.

Yes. We see you, we hear you, we feel your pain.

Message to President Biden, Vice President Harris, Secretary Blinken, Congressional members:

We must help. Do what you think we can do – and then do more.

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About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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7 Responses to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to America: I have a dream. I also have a need.

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    I feel like this is yet another cruelty the majority of us want to end, but we have absolutely no say or control and so stand by helplessly. I have to trust Biden to do the right thing. It’s so upsetting.

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  2. The feeling of helplessness is overpowering. There are things we can all do on a local/small level but perhaps finance holds the key to making him stand back from the abyss?

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  3. Velva says:

    I wake up each morning and the very first thing I do- is to check to ensure Zelensky is with us. He is a true leader. Everyday, I pray for the Ukrainian people.


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