Category: Poetry


Dedicated to the 99%

This is more than prohibiting flights by the nights
It is about awareness
It is about guarding our human rights

We have come together
We are grand
We are taking a stand
Maybe you don’t understand

The world lost
Princess Diana
Malcolm X
Dr. King
Gandhi
JFK
RFK
Back in the day
They represented
Collective voices

Today a movement has taken shape
Something astounding has taken place
Those superficial differences are being erased
Prejudice is unattended
The 99% have arisen

Collectively, we have become our own voice
And in togetherness
We know that we have a choice
To change course
In a tour de force
The world around has reinforced

And I have never felt so alive
Felt life so surreal
Felt so sublime
This feeling no longer an internal rhyme
Empathetic togetherness
A mountain of injustice we must climb

From racial profiling to corporate greed
Gapping and unjust income inequality
To lack of opportunity
All the way to banking and Wall Street crime
To the mountain top of democracy
We will climb
We will strive and thrive
Compassion
We will imbibe

Our Forefathers wisdom and constitutional design
Is still pulsating in our hearts and minds
This great nation shall surpass
This fascist attack
On the working class
At long last
May that greedy shadow that was cast
Become the dead hand of an un-American past

Authored by Shellie Blevins

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A video montage featuring a parade of various military aircraft, accompanied by a live reading of Work for Peace, by the late, great, poet-bluesologist  Gil Scott-Heron.

Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and ’80s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning the social and political issues of the time.  His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues.”

An excerpt from the article “An Evening with Gil Scott-Heron: There is Joy

in the Struggle” by Kevin Gosztola
http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/An-Evening-with-Gil-Scott-by-Kevin-Gosztola-100221-171.html

“You can’t teach the value of creative expression in school. You can’t tell someone they have to use their art or media for the greater good. But, you can envelope someone in events with people like Gil Scott-Heron who believe in what they do and show them an alternative to the art and media we consume on a regular basis that seems to be far removed from the
issues we experience and the lives we live every single day.

What Gil Scott-Heron shows is that people can find a voice in art (especially music). Movements need people like Gil Scott-Heron to open people’s minds so that people who are not creative, not humorous, or not artistic can then present people with some truths that might compel them to act.

Yes, we’ve got to work for peace. There ain’t gonna be no peace unless we go to work. But, peace isn’t just taking down the military or breaking up the monetary and the military. It isn’t just finding confidence in fighting for what some deem a lost cause, something unrealistic.

Peace is having soul. Peace is unleashing that soul in the company of others. And, peace is having the fortitude to push on and do what you believe needs to be done so that the next day you can have high spirits and maintain high hopes for a brighter day.”

Work for Peace!