Alan Alvarez, Independent Florida Alligator
Their Awakened Voice
rising from the dust
speaks truth to power
from where else will progress come
than those that struggle to change?
Young high-schoolers saw their friends die. They aged beyond the years in heartbeats measured against the scatter of automatic fire. But they now transcend victimhood and embrace their new identity: survivors.
Hear their voice. See how they stand in the house of their state’s leaders. Tremble in awe as they speak, standing in the light of day denied their friends. However you judge their words, understand that they raise their voice. They will not be silenced.
If they are muted, even the stones will cry out. Just as the blood of their fallen already do.
What of the folly
of pouring new wine
into old wineskins?
Witness the pouring out
of hard labor made in vain