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I did not make any kind of post regarding the events of 16 April 2007, but my heart does go out to those who have suffered. I’m blog hopping this afternoon and discovered an amazing post on this blog. I wanted to share it with you because it moved me.

Nikki Giovanni is a world renowned poet and professor in the English Department of Virginia Tech University. These words are from a Convocation given 17 April 2007. Apparently, the young man responsible for this horrific act was in a class taught by Professor Giovanni and was subsequently kicked out.

We are Virginia Tech
We are sad today

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 a rogue army

Neither does the baby elephant watching his community
Be devastated for ivory
Neither does the Mexican child looking
For fresh water

Neither does the Iraqi teenager dodging bombs

Neither does the Appalachian infant killed
By a boulder
Because the land was destabilized

No one deserves a tragedy

We are Virginia Tech
The Hokie Nation embraces
Our own
And reaches out
With open heart and mind
To those who offer their hearts and hands

We are strong
And brave
And innocent
And unafraid

We are better than we think
And not yet quite what we want to be

We are alive to imagination
And open to possibility
We will continue
To invent the future

Through our blood and tears
Through all this sadness

We are the Hokies

We will prevail
We will prevail
We will prevail

We are Virginia Tech