Posts tagged Occupy Wall Street
“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.” - Mario Savio, Berkeley, December 2, 1964
America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.
America two dollars and sixty-seven cents December 1st, 2011
I can’t stand it any longer.
America when will we end these pointless wars?
I won’t write my poem till I’m in my right mind.
America when will you come to your senses?
When will you call me? I’ve been waiting by the phone.
America when will you be worthy of your Constitution?
America why are your streets full of teargas?
These aren’t tears of joy; I have pepper spray in my eyes.
I’m sick of your insanity.
America I’ve deposited all my money in your banks -
Your red tape is too much for me.
America when will you lower tuition and forgive student loans?
America when was the last time you read the Port Huron statement?
There must be some way to settle these arguments.
America when will you admit that Julian Assange is being persecuted
for spilling your shameful secrets to the world
and not for using his Scandinavian sex-appeal
Is this some form of practical joke?
America you said McCarthyism was dead
and feeding it Reese’s Pieces.
America stop telling me I know don’t know what I’m doing.
America there is frost on the ground at Zuccotti Park.
This is the winter of our discontent.
Everyday someone else is beaten senseless by the police,
the Republicans carry on about the homosexual menace,
and the Christians keep rescheduling The Rapture.
but I’m afraid the Marlboro Man will win.
and fill the Rio Grande with alligators.
America this is getting quite serious.
America when I was six I met Rosa Parks
not because I’d just come from the hospital
But because it made me think of the thousands of people
America when will it end?
America I spend half my paycheck on health insurance each month
and when I get sick they charge me more.
America I did the math; at this rate if I get lucky
I can pay off my student loans by 2025. I will be forty-two.
America my mind is made up there’s going to be trouble.
This is a North facing revolution;
America I go camping every chance I get and I’m not sorry.
Are you going to let your life be run by Fox News?
America is this correct?
America people are dying in the streets everyday in Egypt.
America how can I write this poem with my hands
Scott Olsen served two tours in Iraq and when he got back
fracturing his skull and damaging his brain
now he can’t pronounce your name. America is this right?
America John Pike must pay for what he did to those kids in Davis.
America free Bradley Manning!
It occurs to me that I am America
and I’m talking to myself again.
Today there has been a recall on civil liberties;
America why are you evicting your poor and hungry huddled masses?
America I thought this was the land of opportunity?
but maybe I misunderstood; my English is not very good.
America I’ve forgotten all the history I learned in public school;
The pilgrims came to America to persecute the heathens
and Monsanto taught the pilgrims to farm using pesticides.
Nathan Hale said he was sorry he could only die once for his country
before being executed by lethal injection in the Lone Star State;
The Boston tea party was forcibly disbanded
by the British Army using India rubber balls.
America, am I getting any of this right?
America I tried to call you the other day for help
but I was redirected to a call center in New Delhi
and someone named Rajeesh asked me for my serial number
and suggested that I try re-booting.
~ Written By Sarah Hope Williams
December 1st, 2011 in San Francisco
This Is Just Beginning.