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Alex Conall, social justice bard ([personal profile] alexconall) wrote2014-03-23 08:19 pm

Songbird

I do not know the songs of my people.
I know the names Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde,
Cherrie Moraga, Sappho.
I have read a little Moraga, some Sappho.
There are many more names.
I have not read them.

"Poetry is not a luxury," Lorde says:
It's how we shape our world,
our hearts and minds.

I do not know the songs of my people.
I write what I know.
I know nothing of what has come before me.

"Poetry is not a luxury," Lorde says:
It's how we give names to the nameless,
voice to the voiceless,
power to the powerless.

I do not know the songs of my people.
But I want to sing.


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