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 Truth To Power: He was 29

ArtBy: Gary Lindorff


He was 29


Many years later they found him in a monastery in China.
He agreed to be interviewed.
He looked happy in the eyes.
He said,
“One question.”
So I said,
“Hong Kong, June 2013.
You were 29.
You said your greatest fear was
That nothing would change,
That the government would continue to grant itself
Unilateral powers.
Every time there is a new leader,
‘They’ll flip the switch’, you said.
. . .That it is only going to get worse
Until policies change.
Free speech
Was incriminating everyone --
It was all being stored away.
You spoke of the ‘architecture of oppression’. ...



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I wanted to shake your hand.
I wanted to tell my kid about you.
I wanted to have a kid so I could tell her
About you.
You said,
‘The public is owed an explanation.’
But you were afraid the people wouldn’t care.
And most didn’t.
They went home
And watched a show
And went to bed.
And things got worse,
Much, much worse.
But I had a family
And I told my daughters
And my son about you.
I named my son after you, Edward.
And there were other heroes after you
Who refused to settle
For being ‘ingested by default’.
So, thanks.
Thanks for what you did.”
“Your question?”
He asked.
His eyes were happy.

-- Gary Lindorff

************

GARY LINDORFF, TCBH’s resident poet, is an artist, musician, writer and Transformational Counselor specializing in dreamwork and shamanic techniques, living in rural VT with his wife and two cats. He has a website at Bigdreamsweb.com and can be reached at: maleotter@gmail.com

Reprinted from: www.thiscantbehappening.net

ThisCantBeHappening.net was founded in 2004 as a blog by Dave Lindorff in a quixotic one-man effort to afflict the powerful. As the site gained recognition and readers, Dave realized that it would take more than one journalist to cause any significant degree of affliction. He approached three long-time colleagues, John Grant, Linn Washington and Charles M. Young, and asked if they would be interested in joining him to form a news collective. All three, sharing Dave's profound frustration with the shallowness and fawning complicity of the establishment corporate media (and with the establishment not-for-profit media, too), signed on with alacrity and a shared desire to raise hell.

************

[12 June 2013]





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