March

Today as you are marching,
propelled by winds of change,
your crucible behind you,
your lives made strong and strange,
you may hear ugly, hateful words,
or be told you aren’t enough
to withstand the grind of apathy
that blunts, scorns, and rebuffs.
But you are mighty, though yet young,
bearing the weight of history’s sins,
baptized by fire, stubborn and strong,
crying “Enough is enough! Never again!”

When your hearts are swelling, and your feet
find themselves in rhythmic beat,
look and marvel at your power,
that you forged from your darkest hour –
remember, but don’t be seduced
into surrender, war, or truce;
a longer night ahead awaits,
but you are worthy of your fates.

©K Paige Medina | 24 March 2018

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