today, berkeley woke up! words for occupy oakland today

today        the children awoke from their        long deadened sleep     today        they rubbed the dried crumbs of apathy from their eyes          today        they woke up from a paralysis  of non-action   they  put down their   electronic gadgetry of the age   for a moment     slipped out from beneath what    has long    kept them mesmerized and often   blinded      today they woke up to a new morning  suddenly paying a new kind of attention

until today   a passive segment of youth has   walked though days like sheep    having bought into   the lies and decisions made for them      by others           for their future

until today    they have stepped,  stupified and  stumbling      distracted   like robots through the motion          activism     was only an unknown social action performed by their parents or grandparents  in some decade before they were conceived      until today       until today     they believed and swallowed   all that had been  spoon-fed to them over the years    by a never-questioned authority       but today, was a different kind of day

until today       mommy and daddy had written check after check   starving students have  lived on hard-fought grants   some  juggling the act of college and part-time job   living in sub-standard housing if they were lucky enough to find it     a whisper away from poverty’s dank streets        a generation forced into recession’s survival mode with         the pipe dream that a degree          might be the only salvation for   their young lives        and today  they woke up      today       they finally       had enough

today   yes!     they finally     cried         enough! 

today, i smiled      proud of these children of an age     into the streets they screamed    fighting for their rights to  higher education        fighting for something they believed in!     protesting the rise in fees and costs    that would  have them    the one’s   left behind        the very children left behind  in this era     of lies  spewed from the dank, foul mouth of another bad actor politician whose smirking     grin  has     all but  taken out   this , their once-golden state      today they realized how they’ve  been fooled       shunned      realizing suddenly    today     that they   too        were these  children           he promised not to leave   behind        

and today       in the streets they closed down the halls of higher education    put the entire uc system into operational shut-down mode and today    i smiled    with hope at their fury      a generation      finally awake after the long wait        we’ve wondered   how  much a generation could take    as authority smugly pressed their young, smooth backs up against erudite walls      walls  of society’s troubled brick      pushed and pushed  simply because they were certain of the apathy   certain     no one of this generation      would react        and today        they were wrong!

 today      this  generation responded with spark    fire in young eyes     today  they walked through gates to hallowed halls     stood in the streets and in quads and said, no more!      these children  linked arms       climbed in windows  barracaded themselves        in hallways      in emptied classrooms       fought campus police   and saw with their own innocent eye      what we saw         forty years ago      when we stood  where they stood   today     battered and bloodied       wondering about constitutional rights     as batons and tear gas        burned our throats and eyes    as   we    too,  demanded change     demanded an end to another senseless war            watched with the same young eyes     while the sixties       ‘pigs’       hauled   us away   beating those rights out of us      ‘pigs’,       ‘the authorities’        laughed    as they tried to kick      the activism out of us   too   and today   these children saw that side        as their own young     fallen comrades     wiped pepper spray from burning eyeballs  and blood from the faces of their fellow students       crying, where is my right to assemble peacefully?   where are my freedoms?

today, a new generation     demanded     fairness and justice        recognition for  their efforts at higher education        and screamed, no more      realizing that this cannot go on       knowing they want        better lives   they demanded  affordable  education        unable to bear the sight of their already-spent fees     swirling    red and brown     down the drain  of a dirty shitter     in the movie set of a pretend governor’s  undeserved   mansion

today     i end this day in solidarity        with a generation  previously  unknown    

 today        i am proud of these new children         who’ve awakened and are  ready

for the fight   

for something they believe in…

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About lindalou5150

as exercise or exorcism, i write...for the eyes of others, for my eyes and heart only, for the love and the rage, i write...to release the gamut of emotion...to tell the truth and say what's often thought but not written...
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2 Responses to today, berkeley woke up! words for occupy oakland today

  1. very well written
    stay militant !!!!

  2. MandT says:

    Go Berkeley! Smile’un from ear to ear…

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