Upsetting
Monday, February 10, 2003
  Poet Michael Cardenas

i want to say
thank you
to the war mongers, and
to the oil barons
who control the airwaves and
erect fences to try to keep the future out
who toast their riches with goblets
filled with the blood of the workers

for every lie you tell
about aluminum tubes and nuclear weapons
we gain another ally
when we tell them the truth

for every one you hurt
when their babies die of cancer,
only to be buried in the radioactive sands of iraq
we gain another friend
when we give them our compassion

for every freedom you take
from the mexican and pakistani immigrants seeking a better life
we gain another impassioned fighter
when we demand their freedom
and our own

we are coming
your age is dying
your thin old hands, weakened by your own deception,
slip off faster, the harder you grip

thank you
for showing us the path not to take

thank you
for forcing us to find the light within ourselves
for forcing us to create the world we want
for allowing us to find the strength in our own hands,
to sculpt our dreams

the waves that we will swim in
will wash away the tracks your war machines have left in the sand
and as we raise our faces to the warm sun and the salty wind
we will forget all about your black oil
and find power in our mother
 
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