Courage to Change – by MK Vecchitto


Today’s prompt from Tuesday Chatter:

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher


“I couldn’t help but think of the brave and articulate students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Anything each of us can do to bring awareness to this movement is important.

Here is my response to the prompt. I chose a blitz poem because I felt the power behind this form supports the message.” – MK Vecchitto


Tragedy has made them warriors

Tragedy transformed as courage

Courage to say enough is enough

Courage to say no more

No more children dying in a classroom

No more excuses, no more “thoughts and prayers”

Prayers whispered without intention

Prayers meant to silence the storm

Storm’s brewing on this trail of tears

Storms harnessing the power of each tomorrow

Tomorrow created by children bent on action

Tomorrow’s leaders emerging today

Today they’ve abandoned innocence

Today they’ve become role models

Role models politicians failed to be

Role models we meet with thunderous applause

Applause as we unite behind their voices

Applause for the spirit calling us to fight

Fight the inaction

Fight the violence that holds us hostage

Hostage to laws that don’t keep us safe

Hostage to fear in places of enlightenment

Enlightenment begins now

Enlightenment borne of necessity

Necessity means Never Again

Necessity means March for Our Lives

Lives lost but never forgotten

Lives lost but never forgotten

Forgotten promises no more

Forgotten pledges to make a change

Change as we raise our voices

Change as we join together

Together we follow these children

Together these children make a difference

A difference adults failed to make

A difference long time coming

Coming together to march

Coming together to demand

Demand it now

Demand an end

End this violence

End these massacres

Massacres in our schools

Massacres in places where they should be safe

Safe classrooms holding our babies

Safe todays and safe tomorrows created from sorrow

Sorrow as mourning beckons reformation

Sorrow as we vow to meet the challenge



Author-MK Vecchitto

Posting pingback from Tuesday Chatter Weekly 2/19/2018 – Courage to Change by MK Vecchitto at Writings and Reflections

  11 comments for “Courage to Change – by MK Vecchitto

  1. 02/20/2018 at 5:48 pm

    My ‘thoughts and prayers’ as I watch this from across the ocean is that some power of good does emerge from it all. This poem says it all, the obscenity of the NRA holding your government to ransom for the sake of a misguided 2nd amendment interpretation which is resulting in people who should not own guns having access to them and to guns they shouldn’t need to have. My hope is to see these brave students stand firm in their resolve and that from it those on ‘power’ take heed of a generation who if they can’t vote as yet will be doing so in the very near future.

    • 02/22/2018 at 10:44 am

      Well said, Michael.

  2. 02/20/2018 at 5:54 pm

    Bravo!!!!! Yes, time to make changes and protect our children!!!!!

    • 02/22/2018 at 10:12 am

      I agree darling … a great poem was chosen here 🌸

      • 02/22/2018 at 10:47 am

        I felt this was perfectly penned addressing this horrific event.

      • 02/22/2018 at 10:55 am

        spot on. x

    • 02/22/2018 at 10:45 am

      Yes, it’s past time. This should have been noticed years ago,

  3. 02/20/2018 at 6:47 pm

    Quote and poem need sharing! Thanks, Eugenia.

    • 02/20/2018 at 8:52 pm

      You’re welcome, Bette.

  4. 02/20/2018 at 7:10 pm

    wow – amazing so beautiful said – very important and children to be protected and have safe and better environment!

    • 02/22/2018 at 10:49 am

      Thank you on behalf of MK Vecchitto.

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