4.16.2008

Celebrating National Poetry Month: #16

"We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.... We will prevail...". -- Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor, poet, activist.

The Virginia Tech shooting happened one year ago today. One of my favorite poets Nikki Giovanni was teaching there when it happened. She had warned others about the student that did the shooting. A day after the shootings she delivered this chant poem at Virginia Tech. To me it so strongly illustrates the power of words.

We are Virginia Tech.
We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning.
We are Virginia Tech.
We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again.
We are Virginia Tech.

We do not understand this tragedy. We know we did nothing to deserve it, but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS, neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by the rogue army, neither does the baby elephant watching his community being devastated for ivory, neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water, neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib in the home his father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized. No one deserves a tragedy.
We are Virginia Tech.

The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds. We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities. We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.
We are the Hokies.
We will prevail.
We will prevail.
We will prevail.
We are Virginia Tech.

Hearing her speak her own words is even more powerful:

1 comment :

  1. I went to Virginia Tech for a short time many years ago and also went there for 4-H events. It's a beautiful school and it was such a shame that such an awful thing had to happen there.

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