Though I stayed mostly silent
from the shock of this devastating loss, I heard
in the crowd.
welled up at the beauty in community, the power in
our bodies, of our bodies,
5,000 individually and collectively one.
grew and stretched across the streets and up the avenues;
rose to confront fear.
echoed, skipping along the lights;
thundered of hope and alliance.
marched and ran and shuffled along the pavement;
Our 10,000 feet,
cracked concrete with the weight of our presence.
And then my face
was dampened with tears from the earth and
the ablution of the rain.
Natalie Repetto is a mouthy feminist who found her voice living in Oakland and earning a BA at Mills College. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is passionate about community networks and small businesses.