Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter
  2
Share on Facebook
  2
Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 4 Shares     
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Article Stats
No comments

Life Arts

Literature in a Locked Down Land

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 5 of 8 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Headlined to H4 5/13/12
Become a Fan
  (15 fans)

opednews.com

laying bricks at the noise-drenched construction site

like Sisyphus pushing his boulder

up that lonely hill in hell.

I write my poems for the prisoners

living out their lives in concrete closets,

in rows of chicken-coop cells,

dreams locked behind steel bars;

they traded their lives

for liquor store cash,

and now they pay the price

as the years blend together

and disappear like dirty water

down a shower drain.

The March on Washington, 1963

By Tim Hall

Twenty-four years have passed
since my heart first pulsed with hope
for a better world
when I saw those black youth marching,
arm-in-arm, their faces bold and clear in purpose,
under the trees beside the pool
at the Lincoln Memorial.
I didn't really listen
to the melodic words of Martin Luther King;
they seemed to be a little rhetorical,
not quite down-to-earth enough
compared to the vibrant, rebelling
life on the march, the young people
arm-in-arm, under the trees,
chanting, singing -- militant choirs, their
voices welling up from the long years of black resistance
and bursting forth into the air that day
in a pure joy at seeing
half a million faces
dedicated to burying racism.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8

 

http://www.peacewriter.org

William T. Hathaway's first book, A World of Hurt, won a Rinehart Foundation Award. His new novel, Wellsprings: A Fable of Consciousness, concerns the environmental crisis: www.cosmicegg-books.com/books/wellsprings. He was a Fulbright professor (more...)
 
Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Are Wars Inevitable?

The Morphing of Obama

The Last Jewish Prophet A review of Gilad Atzmon's new book, The Wandering Who?

The Split: Differences over Israel tear apart a Jewish marriage

Strategies of Containment

Pioneer Jews of the West

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
No comments