Pulse, Orlando

– In memory of all victims of terrorist attacks around the world.

Last night we dreamt of flying,
they took our wings too soon,
so we must stand defiant
and we will not be moved.

Stand in the street.
Do not move.
Do not let them move you.
Be proud.
Be unashamedly proud of yourselves.
Smile, show them you cannot be defeated,
show them we cannot be defeated.

We have spent centuries hiding.
Have you heard the stories of our past?
How we walked out of our cave,
blocked the entrance with
the bricks of Stonewall
and told them we weren’t going back?
That night we were free.

Last night we dreamt of flying,
they took our wings too soon,
so we must stand defiant
and we will not be moved.

Our cave is still blocked,
we can be free and
stop another Orlando,
stop another Samawa,
stop another attack on life,
so stand in the street.
Do not move.
Do not let them move us.

-Alex W. (First Draft)

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