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From Here: A Poem About Our Generation’s Resilience

Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

it’s another list of names,

one that’s always too long.

chaotic, uncensored noise

met with careless silence from officials

 

children who must now become adults,

teenagers who must now become leaders.

 

children with nightmares, teenagers with flashbacks.

someone else has done the growing up for them.

 

they — and we — will ask, cry, scream, beg for help

and we will be met with silence.

 

at first. but not forever.

not now. not this time.

 

this is where we begin

from here, right here

breaking the silence

from here. right. here.

saying more, talking louder

until you can’t hear the silence anymore.

 

Cover Image Courtesy of Carolyn Cole / LA Times

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Written by Maisy Diaz

Maisy is a high school sophomore from Athens, Georgia with a passion for storytelling and French toast. She also thinks she's way funnier than she really is.