Rally for Democracy

For the first time in my life,
I join the streetside crowd;
Pulled by their surging passion,
I raise my banner and I shout.
The haze is rising, the tension is high –
But the night is young, and so am I.

In silent, unspoken unity
We surge into the main thoroughfare;
We raise our voices, we plead our case,
Yet no one seems to care.
I hear a long, collective, disappointed sigh –
But the night is young, and so am I.

The man in front of me leads a chant,
Our desperate voices soar;
Suddenly surrounded by riot police,
We just scream more and more.
In anticipation of violence, I close my eyes –
But the night is young, and so am I.

We don’t want to fight, we explain,
Above all we just want to be heard;
We want democracy, equality, and justice,
And a government that rejects the corrupt and absurd.
We know the officials may mask our protest with lies –
But the night is young, and so am I.

As a unit the police surge forward,
Wearing masks and riot gear;
A stampede begins,
As we try to flee out of fear.
My heart slams against my rib cage, I let out a cry –
But the night is young, and so am I.

I run in the chaos,
Struggling to stay on my feet;
The police raise a black flag,
We race to get out of the street.
Tear gas is fired, the stragglers caught on the fly –
But the night is young, and so am I.

I face the police and beg for calm,
And others stand by my side;
But gas and batons rain fire and we fall,
Choking with pain at the violence misapplied.
As a faceless officer beats me, I look up at the sky –
Thinking: the night is young, and so am I.


Dedicated to the Hong Kong anti-extradition-bill protestors,
And to all student activists around the world,
Dreaming of change and now peacefully demanding it.

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