The Struggle Is Our Art

Posted: April 13, 2017 in Call to Action, Fight Back, Fight war and war mongers, Saying it like it should be said.

We were going through our archives today and came across this wonderful poem. It was published around 2009 but written much earlier. We hope that it is a call out to the artists in these parts. Hey folks you are being attacked by the new regime in DC and we are just wondering why all of the arts organizations from the mainstream to the alternative aren’t in the streets? Come on folks bring it on in a creative display, bring out your art, shout your poems, bring out your puppets, your floats, your music, your performance. Dance in the streets. Maybe if you asked Big Bird would come out.  The time to act is before their move if you wait till after you have already lost the battle and gained nothing. Anyway here is the poem.

The Struggle Is Our Art

The world is our studio, gallery, museum

With our lives we paint the new day.

Our thoughts, words, deeds and actions

like hammer and chisel shape reality.

Our poems are as gentle as the spring falling rain

But also as terrifying as the raising flood waters.

Our brushes are ready to sweep away the dirt

that oppressors try to heap upon us.

Our song like the mighty thunder rolls

Alarming all that hides beneath the rocks.

Chasing it out into the light of day.

Away, Away, Away

The chorus sings against injustice.

The battle lines are drawn our erasers are ready

to clean the pages of mistakes.

Our dance a million feet non-stopping

To those who oppose, We are their danger and they shall know

No ba, ba, helpless little sheep are we

No stay in your place people

No going back from where we came

No saying, “Yes, Sir,” “Yes Sir”

For no sir you are not our baby.

And if you try to turn the clock back, we will smash the clock.

The struggle is our art.

While we were writing this a thought came to Emma O. Furbird,  “Would you mind publishing what we think has been one of the greatest sculptures of all time. One that we need to see more and more of, Defiance is never out of style.”

Advertisements

Comments are closed.