Alice Walker pens two new poems for Occupy Wall Street
More than 2,000 writers have signed on to support Occupy Wall Street at the OccupyWriters website.
“If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.” – Alice Walker
the joyful news of your arrest
this sunday morning everything
is bringing tears.
in church this morning
not a church anyone from my childhood
a brother singing
about the bigness of love
and then this moment
news of your arrest
on the steps of the supreme court
a place of intrigue and distrust;
news of the illegal sign you carried
that you probably made yourself:
Poverty Is The Greatest Violence Of All.
brother cornel. brother west.
what a joy it is
to hear this news of you.
that you have not forgotten
what our best people taught us
as they rose to meet their day:
not to be silent
not to fade into the shadows
not to live and die in vain.
But to glorify
the love that demands
The World We Want Is Us
It moves my heart to see your awakened faces;
the look of “aha!”
shining, finally, in
wide open eyes.
Yes, we are the 99%
all of us
refusing to forget
no matter, in our hunger, what crumbs
are dropped by
The world we want is on the way; Arundhati
and now we
hearing her breathing.
That world we want is Us; united; already moving
More on the arts and Occupy Wall Street:
- Lemony Snicket explains OWS to those who are confused
- Musical interlude: Amanda Palmer sings to OWS
- Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright offer OWS material support
- Bill Maher skewers right-wing idiots who hate OWS
- OWS: A short film by Jonathan Demme
- Calvin and Hobbes explain OWS
- You say you want a revolution? (With video)
- Occupy Sesame Street!
- Movie trailer: The Lorax speaks for the 80 percent (with Zac Efron and Taylor Swift)
- What can the US afford after the Great Recession? Annie Leonard has some answers in The Story of Broke.
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