We Alone

Hola mi gente,
Today I am going to a secluded section of Central Park and read, reflect, and meditate.

It was the noted poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, who said, “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” And throughout history right up to the present day, many poets have taken that role to heart. Poets have been firebrands and protesters, revolutionaries and, yes, sometimes lawmakers, commenting on the events of the day, giving voice to the oppressed and downtrodden, immortalizing revolutionaries, and campaigning for social change.

Today, I offer a short but impactful example by the great Alice Walker.

We Alone

08-27-16_ Poetry [We Alone - Alice Walker]

We alone can devalue gold
by not caring
if it falls or rises
in the marketplace.

Wherever there is gold
there is a chain, you know,
and if your chain
is gold
so much the worse
for you.

Feathers, shells
and sea-shaped stones
are all as rare.

This could be our revolution:
to love what is plentiful
as much as
what’s scarce.

 — Alice Walker

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My name is Eddie and I’m in recovery from civilization…

Tags: Poetry, Poems, Alice Walker, Revolutionary Poems,

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