Change Comes Slowly

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads  –  Wordy Thursday With Wild Woman:  Being The Change



“Marjory Stoneman Douglas, (1890 – 1998), was a feminist, an activist, a journalist and an environmentalist, known especially for her defense of the Everglades, when developers wanted to drain it. Her book “The Everglades: River of Glass”, drew attention to the degrading quality of life in the Everglades, and is an influential book on nature conservation.

The site of the latest school shooting in Florida was the high school named after her.

Students plan a March For Our Lives on March 24th. They will march on Washington, and students across the nation plan marches in support.

Setting aside the highly charged issue of gun control, which we cannot solve in this forum, what words of encouragement or support can we offer the young people of today? What words of love and sorrow, inspiration and hope? How can we, together, Be the Change that we so need?”

Your collective voices will be heard–
Do not give up
This is a vital issue for your generation–
Do not give up
Organize your marches and protests for maximum attendance–
Do not give up
Believe in your own power to create change–
Do not give up
Investigate careers that will place you in a viable position to amend laws–
Do not give up
Stay caring, loving, concerned, and focused–
Do not give up

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to Change Comes Slowly

  1. My youngest daughter is already planning on joining the “walk out” … which will be sometime this month I think. I know I can’t stop her 🙂


  2. Yes. I, too, hope they do not give up ever. They are our brightest hope right now. Loved this, Sara. Thanks for linking.


  3. MYRNA ZACH says:

    I would love for the students to read this. Any chance?



  4. It is their time….it is for us to support them…..very powerful words you have written, and I don’t think they will give up. We knew a tipping point would come, and it has with these young people who must fight for their lives.


  5. annell4 says:

    With life there is breath, and with breath, there is no giving up.


  6. I do think there can be change…I actually cannot believe how anything else is possible. At least we know that with the new taxes on steel the guns will be more expensive.


  7. Jim says:

    I do tell them to NEVER GIVE UP. These students remind me sooo very much of the hippies in our generation, “we” literally stopped the Vietnam War. They can stop the carnage in the schools for sure, and the carry over will benefit all mankind. It won’t be, had better not be, something that a new leader can ‘veto’ or undo either.


  8. Helen says:

    Each point you make is spot on. My favorite? Choose viable career path that positions for change.


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