Monday, November 21, 2011

The Age of Unity

and the dream ended and he stood
at the end of the road and it seemed
wrong as if the journey
had been taken for him

he turned and looked back,
to the cities and institutions
where the air was troubled and he
rubbed the deception from his eyes

it was the wrong road
and he had followed it for a long time
and had believed that it would go
on and on to some promise of fortune

and then others awoke and stood with him,
shoulder to shoulder and the first one said,
this my friends, is the wrong road - turn back
but there was no one listening until

they joined hands and began to warn others
and the air became clear and they said
people this is the wrong road -
we have been put to sleep

and they went back to the cities
with a message to the people who would listen
and more gathered because what is true
cannot be denied

but the Keepers of the road were afraid
for they had been found out and sent
their emissaries armed with uniforms
of power and control

and they beat the people because the road
was everything - stood for the things
of freedom and God - and the people
could see that it was not true

because it was freedom and good that brought
them to the cities and to the fathers
that had been trusted, that had betrayed them
with laws and confusion and fear

that belonged to a greater city where
Presidents and Kings gathered the young men
and women and swore them to a duty
of protecting freedom and democracy

but denied it to them in their own country,
denied the very freedom promised by those
who knew what road to take, Lincoln and Kennedy,
King, Gandhi and Black Elk

and a great awakening began
and the Keepers of the road
around the world spit their poison
in the mouths of the people

but the centre cannot hold when an idea
has come into its truth and the wings
of freedom reaffirm a true democracy
that will not be denied or refused

that exposes the heartless and arrogant,
the Presidents and Kings who know
what is best for the people, who forgot
that democracy is of the people, by the people, for the people

who thought that the people serve them,
serve the needs of government
and the servants of government - the Corporations
and the glut of money oiled and foul

that is killing the world

and the road ahead could not be seen,
there was only dust and a wasteland,
endless destruction and the sky black
over distant fires

still there was no going back
to find the right road, it was lost
in the illusions and decay, spoiled opportunities
that time did not obey

but there was another road waiting
with such patience - it was just ahead
the freedom road, the many names
when all the people decided to link arms

yes, that is what The Age of Unity looked like
in the beginning when the future took
to the streets, when someone heard faintly
Occupy - I am

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