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It is with a heavy heart that I heard the news;

I saw the word ‘victory’ associated with Kavanaugh.

In what world is this verdict a victory?

It shouldn’t be our world, but it is.

 

It is with a heavy mind that I think about consequences;

I ponder pain that Kavanaughs everywhere elicit.

In what nightmare is collective suffering worth overlooking?

It shouldn’t be our world, but it is.

 

It is with a heavy conscience that I mourn;

Brave people came forth, but our belief in survivors was buried.

In what world are blatant truths disregarded for “fake news”?

It shouldn’t be our world, but it is.

 

It shouldn’t be our world, but it is.

And you know what?

Our world is also what it is because

We all have a voice.

 

It is with a triumphant “fuck you” that I registered to vote.

It is with a profound “hear me roar” that I registered to vote.

It is an exercise of my civic duty to speak my mind, and the only way to do that is to: VOTE

Moments in history like this exist… it shouldn’t be our world, but it is;

But alas, you and I, we are part of the people to let our voices be H E A R D

 

So vote. VOTE. Register.

Because for every moment in history

that makes us want to never speak again,

We can find the power to speak out.

 

It is with my voicethat is worth hearing

in which I share this spoken word;

I urge, implore, beg, expect, encourage you to find your voice too.

 

My name is Hannah Hippensteel, and I like to say I'm a Chicago city-slicker, but I'm actually from the 'burbs. I'm currently a senior at Winona State with a major in mass communication-journalism and a minor in sociology. Catch me enjoying all Winona has to offer: the bluffs, the incomparable Bloedow's Bakery, and not to mention, Minnesota boys. With a goal of working at Teen Vogue, Seventeen or Glamour magazine, I'm soaking up every opportunity to keep my finger on the pulse and share my personal voice!
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