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Our Turn Now

By: Elizabeth Noel
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“Girl Power!” T-shirts

small placards raised

the young girls marched

side by side

laughter and hope

infused us all

before our Capitol.

Blue silhouette

just one flag raised

Koreans marched

side by side

laughter and hope

infused us all

before Olympia’s torch.

Twin hopes sprang up

like New York’s Towers again

like daffodils that waved

beside the Women’s March

like swirls of wind that danced

outside of Seoul.

Backpacks cast off

arms raised up high

the students walked

one straight line

blood and tears

infused us all

but not their lifeless friends

Whose turn is it

to light the torch

of hope and change?

the children still?

or those of us

who mothered them

who fathered them

and, white-haired now,

cannot believe

that silence or a rocking chair

make

any

change

at

all.

#MeToo

Make Peace, Not War

Enough.

 

Elizabeth Noel, Lincoln