And just when it was about to close, Emma Gonzalez: purity emboldened by grief, wisdom embodied beyond years, gravitas communicated beyond words.
Maren Tirabassi later summed it up with conviction and clarity when she wrote:
It was a parade
bright with symbols of hope
and shouts of protest and praise.
Those in authority may ask
the children to be quiet.
Jesus said – if they were,
the stones would rise up
and March for their Lives.
Palm Sunday will not be the same for me tomorrow - or any of us.