Poetry day

indexIt is a poetry day. I’m home under the weather. Two poems crossed my path today, so I share them with you as I have no words of my own today.

What We Need

The Emperor,
his bullies
and henchmen
terrorize the world
every day,

which is why
every day

we need

a little poem
of kindness,

a small song
of peace

a brief moment
of joy.
David Budbill

If You Could

I know, I know
If you could go back you
would walk with Jesus
You would march with King
Maybe assassinate Hitler
At least hide Jews in your basement
It would all be clear to you
But people then, just like you
were baffled, had bills
to pay and children they didn’t
understand and they too
were so desperate for normalcy
they made anything normal
Even turning everything inside out
Even killing, and killing, and it’s easy
for turning the other cheek
to be looking the other way, for walking
to be talking, and they hid
in their houses
and watched it on television, when they had television,
and wrung their hands
or didn’t, and your hands
are just like theirs. Lined, permeable,
small, and you
would follow Caesar, and quote McCarthy, and Hoover, and you would want
to make Germany great again
Because you are afraid, and your
parents are sick, and your
job pays shit and where’s your
dignity? Just a little dignity and those kids sitting down in the highway,
and chaining themselves to
buildings, what’s their fucking problem? And that kid
That’s King. And this is Selma. And Berlin. And Jerusalem. And now
is when they need you to be brave.
Now
is when we need you to go back
and forget everything you know
and give up the things you’re chained to
and make it look so easy in your
grandkids’ history books (they should still have them, kinehora)
Now
is when it will all be clear to them.
Danny Bryk

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One thought on “Poetry day

  1. Thanks Fran. Just FYI Bryck is the way to spell the 2nd poet’s name. I googled him and someone had posted a powerful image to go with the poem, dated 2/2.
    I hope you’re soon feeling better and I’m loving FINDING (I need to subscribe!) your Camino posts! I’m sending the Worlds End/Poetry blog to my son since we shared a book about the Camino walk…….This weekend Brian will take me to the annual MLK Gospel song fest at Kennedy Center…. where RUBY Bridges will be given an award (presented by Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey and the Rock). Brian and I share a love of poetry and music. Last year we stumbled on this amazing show where a social justice hero/ine is recognized as well. The music is amazing but the added MLK honoring makes it even sweeter. Last year’s recipient was Bryan Stevenson an amazing lawyer helping poor black people on death row… JUST MERCY is his book and his TED talk is a lot like what we heard. Give a listen when you have the time. REALLY worth it.

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