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We are sad enough to know

Whitehyacinth

For my K, C & M and all the other Hokies; for the 18, 19, 20, 21, 22-year old soldiers that die in Iraq; for all victims of senseless violence especially those in Iraq / Fragrant White Hyacinth Blossom (Hyacinths are sometimes associated with rebirth) / April 2007

"We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning.

We are Virginia Tech.

We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again.

We are Virginia Tech.

We do not understand this tragedy. We know we did nothing to deserve it, but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS, neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by the rogue army, neither does the baby elephant watching his community being devastated for ivory, neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water, neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib in the home his father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized. No one deserves a tragedy."

~ an excerpt from Nikki Giovanni's Convocation Address

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