"It’s time to rise up," says Vincentian poet activist

One Young World Ambassador Dillon Ollivierre is an award-winning poet in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He uses poetry as his medium to influence social changes, particularly in his home country.

About his below poem, Dillon said:

“I hope this poem will inspire others to stand up for what’s right. We cannot allow fear to prevent us from doing the right thing. When we surrender our voice and our individual rights and responsibilities, we essentially contribute to the demise of so many things men and women of the past and present have worked for and are working to achieve.

The struggle to live a normal and happy life must never be put on the backburner. We are our brothers’ keepers and I therefore feel the pain that many of my brothers and sisters feel when they are dealt a bad hand in life.”

“To One Young World Ambassadors and young people everywhere; your voice is a powerful thing, but actions accompanying your words are twice as powerful. Let us therefore rise up and be the change we want to see in the world!”

Must Never Be In Vain

When your voice
And your choice
Is being undermined
By men with no spine
Then you know, it’s time to rise up
No longer can you be laid back, no longer can you simply look on
The sacrifices our ancestors made
The blood, the sweat and tears
Must never be in vain

The works of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela
Your mother, your father
Your idol, your hero
Your mentor
Your brother, your sister
Your friend, and the many change makers
Must never be in vain

When our freedom becomes hostage
Then we must mend the divided
Become united
And rise up in courage
We must be strong spirited
And committed
To fighting for what’s right
Our sight
Must never become blurred when wrong shows its face
Trying its best to divide and conquer the human race

In our time of great difficulty
We must remember our help cometh from God almighty
In this our period of darkness
Our light must shine brightest
We must not be afraid, nor cower at the feet of wicked men
We must however rise up and stand toe to toe with them………

 Dillon Ollivierre, January 2017

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