When You No Longer Fear

When you no longer fear, nothing can touch you
When you no longer fear, the road ahead seems clear
When you no longer fear, your excitement is palpable
When you no longer fear, the solution is near

When you no longer fear, you can stand up to your oppressors
When you no longer fear, you can calmly ask them to go
When you no longer fear, you can smile at the soldiers
When you no longer fear, you wonder why it took so long to know.

For all the peoples who struggle with oppression
For every man, woman, child who knows the slam of a fist
Or any other means of keeping them cowed down in suppression
Know this, and this, and only this

It is possible to join together in great numbers
It is possible to look fear straight in the eye
It is possible to stand with your sisters and brothers
And to accept it may be you who might die

But when you no longer fear the worst that can happen
And expect that the best can be given a chance
You too can stand in the crowds and watch as change happens
You too can hold hands and be ready to dance.


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