We Are Marching

today we are marching
formidable in our strength
a multitude
wending our way through the campus
over bridges
along Broadway
to the courthouse
our eyes flash
what do we want?
always justice!
when do we want it?
always now!

our hearts are pinned to our chests
here we stand and move
we will move
sweep you along into our current
make you dare to hope, too
dare to see another way
dare to ask why not and
what would you want?
always justice!
always now!

we rattle our signs and
raise our fists
flash smiles and thumbs-ups at 
each car that lays on its horn -
they want it, too,
for a moment they want it enough 
to be counted, too,
to stand, too,
even while disappearing into the distance
on their more practical way

most of us have marched before
stood for something else before
had our hopes trampled before
but here we are
still shouting
still hoping
still resolved to count
still believing there must one day be justice
even if not just now.