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spacer.gif   Mars Gamba-Adisa Caulton
Posted by : Mars on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 10:54 AM
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Poem/Statistic

ten years of “economic boom”
and working class wallets have yet to hear a whisper
of prosperity, still waiting
for shifts in the trickle down
for wages to wander towards livable
numbers can lie
flow charts exclude our life lines
sign of the time is question
mark my words to the wise
when bellies cry
their truth is our lie
their law is our life

this is not a poem
this is the eye of poverty

and when they speak of the Promised Land
they must mean Prison
home to more of our sons than college
on today’s plantation
men of color work for free
Never sharing in the harvest
no 20 or that mule
just a 6 by 9 foot
the rule of two-thirds
still on the job
more than we.
cell dimensions showing clear intention and
that’s no fraction
it’s a carving knife to my soul

this is not politics
this is a plot to steal life
and 300 years

in america’s basement
3 ˝ million are born
where few hear their pleas for food
or feed their hunger for answers

these are not statistics
these are children

in racism’s castle
all subjects are color-coded
all science distills into white priveledge
all classrooms unswept gather the dust kicked up by
history’s repeating itself

that’s no “alien”
that’s my mother

ah Seattle, I record your legacy
that we won’t be silent under the boot of worldwide industry

their profit is my kid kicked off welfare
innocent neighbor in the electric chair
machine gun border “compassionate” New World Order
less schools more jails zero hope hate prevails

he is not a number
he’s my brother

this is not freedom
this is hypocrisy

these are not stories
these are our blood-etched blueprints for the rebellion

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© 2000 Mars Gamba-Adisa Caulton

(Poem/Statistic was first performed at the Chicago Poetry Fest. For performance audio, check e-poets.net in Spring of 2005.)

Note: Mars Gamba-Adisa Caulton is a performance poet and a political organizer/activist. She served as artistic director for She Laughs and is the founder of Renaissance Street, which promotes art of progressive social/political nature.

 
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