Rise up, you nation of dreamers!
Awake from your slumber!
Open your eyes!

If you want to survive, you must rise!

When you don’t know where to begin… Rise!
When you awaken to troubles again… Rise!
When you can’t get in the flow… Rise!

When you aren’t sure where to go… Rise!
When you think you’re all alone… Rise!
When the truth sets you on fire… Rise!

When there are tears within your eyes… Rise!
When the world weighs on your shoulders… Rise!
When the headlines leave you breathless… Rise!

When you can’t believe the news… Rise!
When you think you may still lose… Rise!
When your heart is about to break… Rise!

When it’s a feeling you just can’t shake… Rise!
When you hear the call for help… Rise!
When your soul lets out a yelp… Rise!

When your feet tire from marching… Rise!
When your voice is growing parched… Rise!
When you think you can’t go on… Rise!

When you don’t believe you’re strong… Rise!
When you feel the bottom fall out… Rise!
When you’re drowning in your doubts… Rise!

In your soul is a feeling you cannot disguise.

Connect to what you already know,
and you shall surely thrive.

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang of Vallejo, CA is the author of nine poetry collections, including 2016's Poet Loiterer which Kirkus Reviews described as containing "Free-spirited ideals couched in fairly infectious rhymes." She enjoys performing her poems at open mics and entering them in county fairs.