This is an amazing young poet I came across a while back. I have no idea what has become of him since he made this video several years ago. If you know him or about him let me know in the comments. In the mean time listen to this amazing spoken word video.
Squalor and Hunger are not twin evils
Poverty and filth do not cohabitate
Your domicile is not always your home
The government controls your life
But does not care for your body
Hunger breeds resistance
Hunger makes a pacifist murder
Coat of arms
protects against more than rain
Hand me down coat
coat of many colors
turned into a Christmas Special
entertainment for the masses
As the weather turns colder there is nothing I like more than curling up with a nice warm crochet project, a cup of cocoa, and a good movie. As a matter of fact since I stopped smoking a few years ago, I have become obsessed with crocheting. It gives me something for my hands to do during down times like waiting at the doctor’s office or watching TV.
There could be no greater writing prompt on January 15th then leadership. January 15th is the birthday of a great leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Much has been said and written about Dr. King and I am sure that anyone who reads this is aware of his famous speech “I have a Dream” that was delivered in Washington DC. Most people are not aware of a much more powerful speech that was delivered exactly one year prior to his assassination. This speech given at Riverside Church in New York showed a more radical side of Dr. King.
The first movie title that came to mind is In America. It is one of my families favorite and most people have never heard of. It is the story of a family from Ireland that come to New York to try and make a life. It is a very powerful movie that will break your heart and give you hope all at the same time.
The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday this week is “stick”.
Stick hum…the first thing that comes to mind is a friend of mine, Willie Baptist, always says” You have to stick and stay” meaning you can’t just show up when things affect you. You have to be there for the long hall. He is a long time community organizer and mentor of mine.
I live in a food desert. The only places to purchase food within walking distance are convenience stores, fast food, and drug stores. I also live in what is considered the hood, the poor part of town, where the public housing projects are and most of the abandoned buildings reside. This is also the neighborhood that the city has targeted for “Urban Renewal” and has been trying to raze for years in an attempt to expand the hospital and student housing for Marshal University. This is the historically black neighborhood and still has many homeowners of color who live here. But this post is not about the politics of race but feel free to draw your own conclusions about Huntington.