Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

Witty and pertinent observations on matters of great significance OR Incoherent jottings on total irrelevancies OR Something else altogether OR All of the above

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Speak Out

And a vast paranoia sweeps across the land
And America turns the attack on its Twin Towers
Into the beginning of the Third World War
The war with the Third World

And the terrorists in Washington
Are shipping out the young men
To the killing fields again

And no one speaks

And they are rousting out
All the ones with turbans
And they are flushing out
All the strange immigrants

And they are shipping all the young men
To the killing fields again

And no one speaks

And when they come to round up
All the great writers and poets and painters
The National Endowment of the Arts of Complacency
Will not speak

While all the young men
Will be killing all the young men
In the killing fields again

So now is the time for you to speak
All you lovers of liberty
All you lovers of the pursuit of happiness
All you lovers and sleepers
Deep in your private dream
Now is the time for you to speak
O silent majority
Before they come for you!

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 2003


At 01 October, 2007 20:39, Anonymous Eddie said...

LF is my FAVORITE poet!! He is pure brilliance whether he is being overtly political or not...

One of my favorites: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/underwear/

Thanks for sharing this!

At 02 October, 2007 03:31, Blogger Rob said...

Thanks for the link: I'd read it before but it's good to be reminded of masterpieces!

The first LF that made an impression on me in my teens was Sometime During Eternity. I'd love to see Aric do a sermon based on that one!


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