In those years, people will say, we lost track
of the meaning of we, of you
we found ourselves
reduced to I
and the whole thing became
silly, ironic, terrible:
we were trying to live a personal life
and, yes, that was the only life
we could bear witness to
But the great dark birds of history screamed and plunged
into our personal weather
They were headed somewhere else but their beaks and pinions drove
along the shore, through rages of fog
where we stood, saying I
I’m going on a road trip. I probably won’t be on here for a very long time. Hope everyone has a nice april.
I’ve had a constant sore throat for three days, and no other signs of a cold. I keep chugging cold medicine with no results. I hope I feel better before Wednesday. -__-
We are hardened flint and ferrous stone;
Innocuous, impotent things, alone;
Languishing, mired in taming sameness;
Numbed to the cold — all we’ve ever known.
Neither yet perceives how the other yearns.
God help them all, should we ever discern
The spark of each other’s touch. Lord, we’d bathe
In the ash of the world as it burns.
I’m trying to find answers, but it seems like they temporarily disbanded in the winter, and are now making their presence known again. I really think the ideas behind it are noble and true, but to temporarily stop protesting because the weather gets a little too cold doesn’t sound promising. Protesting is not a spring-time sport, it’s a commitment.
I’m the first person to admit that I did not put myself on the line to be beaten up by police officers. I was not, and am not so ready to do that. I had other priorities in my life that took precedence. Simply as an outside spectator, your power and credibility lessens if you let your anger go, even if it’s only temporary.
I went to OWS last night, which has now relocated to Union Square. A lot of people were there for Trayvon Martin, other than that though there was very little ideological unity.
I was talking to a man named Randy, a writer in New York. He was bringing up the fact that very little attention has been brought to the case of Ramarley Graham (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/ramarley-graham-new-york-police-_n_1266715.html). He was am unarmed, black teenager shot in his home in the Bronx a few weeks ago by a police officer named Richard Haste, who had no warrant. The people protesting in Florida, Randy was sure, knew about what had happened, yet made no effort to bring this to the media. There are people who are outraged over Ramarley Graham’s murder, but this is not getting nearly as much attention as it should. Why hasn’t more attention been brought to Ramarley Graham?
I was talking to another man, and we felt pretty much the same way about what we were witnessing: there was no unity. You had one girl meditating on the ground, a group of musicians, a man standing on a soap box calling for an end to government. It was like any other day at Union Square, except it had banners saying “We are the 99%.”
I am not saying that it’s impossible for OWS to get back on track, but they really need to get their shit together. They need to make an agenda, and stick to it because all of the good ideas are getting forgotten about. Instead of focusing on what needs to be done, it has turned into a bitch fest. I’m not saying that they don’t have legitimate complaints, but you need to do more than focus on the problems at hand, and find solutions.
If anyone reads this, what do you think?