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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

You are not alone

Today at Poets United, I invited poets to write on the motif of protest, and I find words pouring out of me.  Here are some of my thoughts, written as a poem, but not, really.  Even Allen Ginsberg uses images, allusions, figures of speech.  This morning I have been thinking of Mohommad Ali's refusal to fight against people of color in Asia, his political and personal action of becoming a CO (Conscientious Objector) during the US Vietnam War.  And I am thinking of basking in the love of God while knowing what goes on in the world.  God loves everyone!  And so why, and why and why ...? And then, last night in my Buddies of Jesus group a very savvy young woman asked me what CR was.


The Personal is Political.
Again and again.
Not just in the CR groups of 1970's feminism.
Again and again.
What’s CR? you ask, and I will tell you,
Again and again, that it’s
Consciousness raising. And that’s not therapy, but
again and again
discovering the commonplaceness of experience
again and again rising
from what we might think is isolated and personal.

You were laid off? Look around at union breaking
and unemployment and ask “Who benefits?” again and again.
You live near a chem-dump? Look around at dump sites
and clusters of poverty and ask “Who benefits?” again and again.
You lost a son to a bullet? Look around at who
and where and ask “Who benefits?” again and again.
Your neighborhood school closed? Look around at public
schools and education and ask “Who benefits?”
Again and again and again
the personal pain no longer obscures that it is political
racism, classism and yetwe must move isms aside to see.

You ask what CR is and I’ll tell you
Again and again, that it’s
Consciousness raising. And that’s not therapy, but
again and again
discovering the commonplaceness of experience
again and again rising
from what we might think is isolated and personal
to making the connections, one small group at a time
again and again learning the power of the group
to stand up, stand up to power
again and again, and never alone
You are not alone.


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