generation together;

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we need a generation
whose minorities aren’t told that they interrupt.
we need a generation
for whom the time was always up.
we need a generation
whose systems and industries aren’t corrupt.
we need a generation
where empathy is the norm.
we need a generation
whose climate isn’t warm.
we need a generation
that constantly looks to reform.
we need a generation
that doesn’t demean femininity.
who treats people equitably, no matter their identity.
where POC have the same opportunities.
we need a generation
who trusts that girls are tough.
we need a generation
where girls don’t ever have to bluff.
we need a generation
for whom it’s a given that everyone is enough.
we need a generation
that understands that rape is not dependent on how one is dressed.
we need a generation
whose true selves don’t have to be repressed.
we need a generation
that doesn’t suppress what must be expressed.
we need a generation
for whom the definition of human isn’t blurred.
whose pleas are listened to, and answered.
where all voices are heard.
we need a generation
that knows what’s going on.
we need a generation
that apologizes for what it does wrong.
we need a generation
with a place for everyone to belong.
we don’t need a generation
that is perfect, but
we need a generation
that practices respect.
we need a generation
that no longer expects resistance,
solely because it accepts existence.

It can be hard to trust in our generation when we know that they’re far from perfect. The thing is, though, a
generation like the one in the poem doesn’t happen without guidance, and can’t make change without support. While
we might not be the perfect generation together, I think that we have the ability to shape future generations into
something even better, as well as the potential to embody what I wrote about.

Written by Naia Lee
To see more of Naia’s work check out https://www.hopelyfe.com or @livehopelyfe on Instagram and Twitter, and follow Hopelyfe Movement on Facebook.
*All views expressed in this blog post belong to the authors and don’t necessarily reflect the views of CYH.

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