jo love

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Everyone has a youth. A time that’s more beautiful because it’s awkward and clumsy, a time that shines brilliantly. A time when you’re not afraid of anything because you have nothing to lose, and a time when you’re excited because you can have anything, everything. That’s now, age 24, my youth. Although I’m still uneasy and nervous, I’m perfect without needing anything else.

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I shall stand for love, even with a broken soul, even with a heavy heart.

I shall stand for love, for the world is wounded.

Not just my little piece of land, where I am mostly safe, where I am mostly well, but our world, everywhere. Every day.

I shall stand for love, because we need more light, not more deaths, not more power, not more bombs.

I shall stand for love, so that our children are safe, so that our friends are sheltered, so that our borders are open.

I shall stand for love, even with a broken soul, even with a heavy heart.

 - - A poem by Dorothy Oger, written the day after the Brussels terrorist attacks, 23rd March 2016. Read by Gillian Anderson at the Jo Cox Memorial Event, 22nd June 2016, London