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Lesson: Poets in Revolt!

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Writing

We are not alone

By Jeremy Hsiao

From the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, this poem reminds activists that "to change everything, we need everyone."

Level

Grade 11

Type

Poetry

To change everything, we need everyone.

           chanted as crowds of people roll

           through the space between coasts

           an overpopulated marble race

           holding signs beaten blue and green 

           they share their confidence with the sun 

           as it shifts to the horizon

           shining through billowing white glass

           with an ominous glare like ink as it spirals

           into this turquoise gradient. 

 

           shout out the fanatics

           dilating satellites in their eyes, 

           something great lies hidden

           circling the fringes of dust balls

           the stars flash white, red, yellow

           in between black, the blue 

           searching for anomalies in confetti,

           only rocks to be left behind

           if nothing is done.

 

To change everything, we need everyone.

           whispered under the breath 

           of children in the dark

           red eyes in the flashes like Antares, 

           closing in, a gaping mouth, a gasping scream

           the lights flicker on, 

           the sun is up again

           change is needed.

 

           murmured in hearts of torn pillows 

           the words sit, shadowed 

           by the dark side of the Earth, 

           you see flares of electricity in capitals and cities, 

           the last flickers like crushed crickets

           that’s all she has left.

 

From Poets in Revolt! A Call to Action by Young Writers
You can find a preview of the book here.

About the Author

Jeremy started writing poetry in the 5th grade. He hopes to bring new life through his poetry and provide new perspectives for how we look at our surroundings. He also enjoys basketball and playing guitar.

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Poets in Revolt! A Call to Action by Young Writers

Whether it’s the March For Our Lives, the Youth Climate Strike, or Black Lives Matter, young people are at the frontlines of combating injustice and changing the world. Poets in Revolt! brings together a diversity of student voices from communities across the country as they write to claim a brighter future.

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