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Eye of an Optimist-new poem

Art of Struggle
These days
I’m writing for a change
It used to be all picket and placard
There’s a need for all that
Of course
But it takes more.
No denying the contest—
The lines are drawn,
The writing’s on the wall
There has to be struggle
That said
There’s more to it
Than just leaning on the opponent,
Making counter claims and thrusts,
Simply opposing.
Commitment to resistance is reaction
Commitment to the new is pro-action.
Protest can become a way of life
It’s easy that way
Doesn’t take much thought
But where does it get us, really?
The main task is to carry a vision
Of something quite radical
(For human rights and well being)
And mobilize others
To create ways to make it come true.
Knowledge, understanding,
Networking, just causes,
And coordinated actions,
All kinds of actions—
The people must do all that
United as one nation, too.
To succeed, we need
An additional element
And it is creativity
To solve problems
And open up a new path
In sum, it is an art.
I’ve been on the frontlines
In the throes of popular movements
And still am to this day
I’ve earned some badges
Learned some hard lessons
Paid my dues
And continued my education
Now, I’m working
On the artistic angle
Which can do a lot
To inform, expose, inspire, discuss and critique
Do not underestimate the artist
Who applies her craft
To struggle and social change
I, for one, am still alive
Perhaps now more than ever
I’m still fighting
Whatever good it does
You must decide
I can only think, try and write
Employ my brain, my heart
And my experience
As best I can.
January 31, 2015


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