Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Loving Brother Celebrates His Sister's Victory

A Loving Brother Celebrates His Sister's Victory!
Peter T. Atkinson, H-SC '00

Grab your pearls and holla, holla loudly!
Don your rose and bear it proudly
Declare it far, spread it wide
Sweet Briar college has survived!

It seem it was just like yesterday,
They tried to shut my sister away,
Saying she's over, done with, and through,
That they tried, but had nothing more they could do.

Grab your pearls and holla, holla loudly!
Don your rose and bear it proudly
Pull your pink and green ribbon tight
The vixen girls have won the fight.

And then since we were given no warning
We spent one night crying, grieving, and mourning,
But just as the dawning sun came shedding its light
She emerged from the ashes rising to fight.

Grab your pearls and holla, holla loudly!
Don your rose and bear it proudly
Testify now to the power of prayer
My sister school, ain't going nowhere!

The road was long, the battle raged uncertain,
Trying, struggling, racing, against time's closing curtain.
The more we asked, questioned, and pleaded,
The more we found our way impeded
                                The more we needed
                                The leadership weeded
                                Our anger was heated,
                                For we felt cheated
                                Our sisters mistreated
                                Her efforts gone unheeded
                                Their echo still repeated
                                The school must be deleted
                                Then one more time with faith depleted
                                Standing, worried, all but defeated
                                She never wavered and humbly proceeded
                                It was only then her victory was completed
                                She faced the darkness and she succeeded.
                               
So grab your pearls and holla, holla loudly!
Don your rose and bear it proudly
Never, no never, no never again doubt
We now know what Vixen's are all about!

And after celebrating this battle won,
We must remember that we are not done,
For now she's saved, and standing tall,
But the real work is setting up for next fall,
Because a school is more than a name and a board,
Or a court decision and a political accord.
The time is now to build years to come,
But what a blessing to know there will be some!

Grab your pearls and holla, holla loudly!
Don your rose and bear it proudly
Standing together, arm in arm as friends,
The road goes on forever, and Sweet Briar never ends!

So now we can say Sweet Briar is saved,
Obstacles removed, and a way forward is paved,
Thanks to so many who rallied to her call
And would not allow her mission to fall.

Grab your pearls and holla, holla loudly!
Don your rose and bear it proudly
Sing one more time, hell sing on forever,