Caitlin Johnstone – “Speak” (2017)

September 9, 2017 at 2:08 pm (Life & Politics, Poetry & Literature)

Your voice can shake the sand dunes
and make farm flowers grow on the beach.

Your voice can knock down the tall castles
of the Bastards chortling against the smoggy night sky.

They don’t make you afraid of using it because it is stupid,
they make you afraid of using it because it is powerful.

So use it.

Speak.

Let your voice awaken the embryos in their cells.

Speak.

Wipe the grin off the faces of those recursive laughing Buddhas
and make the very fabric of the universe look up from its TV dinner
and take note.

Speak when your enemies tell you not to speak.

Speak when your friends and allies tell you not to speak.

Speak when your better judgment tells you not to.

Speak when every fiber of your being tells you not to.

Speak to shatter the conspiracy of silence.

Speak to end our ancient heritage of not speaking.

Speak so that others may lose their voicelessness.

Speak because only the Bastards are speaking.

Speak for the angels who are choking on chemicals.

Speak for the children sprayed red with blood.

Speak for the sea turtles drowning in plastic.

Speak for the dreamguides bulldozed and paved over.

Speak for the tree stumps bleeding crude oil.

Speak for the women trapped in small cages.

Speak for the mothers whose eyes are sedated.

Speak for the sky whose dragons have vanished.

Speak for the cities full of medicated childhoods.

Speak for the dreamers about to give up.

Speak.

Speak!

We are sitting here waiting
to find out if this play will go on.

Caitlin Johnstone

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World War III Is on the Horizon

June 19, 2017 at 6:07 pm (Life & Politics)

Written June 19, 2017…

Because of America’s insistence on being in Syria illegally, and always sticking our nose where it doesn’t belong, and dictating what kind of government other countries are allowed to have (but God forbid if we think another nation has interfered in our own governmental affairs) – and now shooting down that Syrian plane – Russia, who actually was asked to be in Syria by a democratically elected government (not a “regime” like we insist on calling it) is telling us that they will shoot down one of our planes if we cross into their airspace, and has cut off communications with us. This is extremely dangerous news, and getting worse by the minute.

World War III is on the horizon, and we have nobody to blame but our own insane foreign policy and reckless actions. We are determined to continue our reprehensible imperialist agenda, and it will eventually be our downfall – and the world’s.

I live in a country that frankly scares the shit out of me, and whose foreign actions I am very much against. We are causing most of the terrorism that we claim to be fighting against, and we are, ourselves, acting like terrorists and bullies. And, though he will surely make matters worse, this cannot just be blamed on Trump. This lunatic agenda has been going on for decades. This would be happening just as much, if not worse, had Clinton become President (she repeatedly called for a no-fly zone which would have lead to all-out war with Russia), or if Pence were to take over – which just shows that neither party is interested in peace. They both bow down to the almighty, all-powerful Military Industrial Complex and its insane war-for-profit, empirical policies.

This is a situation that is not going to end well – for any of us.

 

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