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drummer in my living room

 

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there’s a drummer in my living room
playin’ music all day long
and a singer always steps right in
makes up words to a new song

before you know it, the house is rockin’
people dancing outside the door
then somebody hears a knockin’
it’s the police . they’re sayin’
you can’t play that music any more

we said hey, policman step right in
we’ve got nothin’ to hide
if you really want to come into my house
you’ve got to leave that gun outside

don’t you know that ol’ guy did it
left his gun outside the door
after he came in and danced awhile
he didn’t need that stupid ol’ gun
… any more

there’s a drummer in my living room
playin’ music all day long
a singer always steps right in
makes up words to a new song

before you know it the house is rockin’
people dancing outside the door
then somebody hears a knockin’
it’s the police again, he says
can i come in and dance some more?!

 

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vivian

 

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oh vivian, little trevor
you came in the hard way
blazing a trail before you
they named you for the storm
but your heart is full of sweetness
tantrums filled with passion
the love that comes out from you
will keep your folks warm

when the clouds gather over head
thunder rumbles in my ear
the two of you come to my mind
as the storm gathers near
then the sun peaks ’round the edge
of those clouds that did deliver you
i remember our happiness
when trevor made it to two

vivian
big brother trevor
i wish for you a good life
lazy summer sunshine
bluegrass in the rain

when those clouds come to greet you
you’ll answer with a smile
stand up and say i am the storm
then dance on down the lane

vivian, little trevor
oh, vivian, big brother trevor

oh, vivian

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we drum

med·i·cine
[ˈmedəsən]
NOUN

the practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of dis-ease

spell, charm, or fetish believed to have healing, protective, or other power

 

per·cuss
[pərˈkəs]
VERB

gently tap (a part of the body) with a finger or an instrument to diagnose
“the heart was percussed”

 

HEART FOUND TO BE NEEDING MORE PERCUSSION

 

per·cus·sion
[pərˈkəSHən]
NOUN

musical instruments played by striking with hand, stick or beater, or by shaking, including drums, cymbals, xylophones, gongs, bells, rattles

the striking of one solid object with or against another

wind producing a clattering percussion of tree branch against stone

 

rhythm

[ˈriT͟Həm]
NOUN

a strong, regular, repeated pattern

 

WOMEN BLEED WITH REGULARITY, IN PREDICTABLE RHYTHM WITH THE MOON

 

drum
[drəm]
VERB

play on a drum
NOUN

a percussion instrument sounded by being struck with sticks or hands, typically cylindrical, barrel-shaped, or bowl-shaped with a taut membrane over one or both ends

something resembling or likened to a drum in shape, in particular

an evening or afternoon tea party of a kind that was popular in the late 18th and early 19th century
 

WOMEN GATHERED IN A DRUM, TO DRUM

 

raised arm
open hand

striking sacrificed skin of lamb, buffalo, horse, goat
mined metal or carved wooden frame or vessel vibrating
producing antidote

we drum . we become drum

closed heart opening with each beat of drum
pounding of heart opening chakra after chakra
reopened channels funneling divine nourishment
body and spirit align
we dine on sound
dancing around the cherished goddess, embodied in teacher
we again become the goddess

we learn . we become teacher
we heal . we become healer

marimba sneaks up to the drum
dances it’s peaceful, seductive mantra alone
rhythm marries tone
frequent high and low wooden voice
speaks to it’s lover with ease
drum and marimba resonate
a palpable palliative essence

air passes from lung to tip of tongue, past pursed lips
or through wide open mouth
controlled by larynx
toned muscle delivering tonal clarity
muscle contraction release contraction release
spatial compression expansion compression expansion

trapping air, releasing POP
capturing air, releasing BA . bo bo

words from any language sung in rhythm
whispered secret
murmured grief
melodic healing tone
cry of anguish
exclamation of joy
healing verbal expression bringing relief

we sing . we become song

closed heart opening with each beat of drum
pounding through sorrow

dun dun . dun dun . dun dun
taka taka
dun dun
taka taka
dun dun . dun dun . dun dun
taka taka
dun dun
taka taka
dun dun

reopened channels funneling divine nourishment
body and spirit align
we dine on sound
 

born to drum 2016 : 10th anniversary

   

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murdered twice

murdered twice
a thousand times
noose, baton, bullet to the back
each electric jolt makes me shed my skin
i molt
then return again
with heart that you lack

you killed my body
then slandered my name
murdered me twice
in your violent game
lynched me as emmet
lynched me, tamir
you never dreaming
that your end is near

murder me now
keep eyes peeled for when
a million of me stand before you
flowers in hand, guns at the ready
we band together to tear you apart
by any means necessary
we’ll make a new start without you

my name is tamir
my name is emmet
my name is tamir
my name is emmet
my name is tamir
my name is emmet
rice and till

bound together by your violence
my name is legion

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we eat his words for breakfast

honoring the prophet john trudell

 

prophet is dragged away kicking and screaming
or silently dreaming
leaving the battle behind

world steadily turning
churning with degradation, greed, confusion
reed blowing soft notes
whispering lamentation
reminder that earth is mother
humanity is other

voice of reason dispersed
tiny particles of sound joining ancestors
enormous soul of love joining ancestors
booming voice of warning joining ancestors

tiny particles of sound joining with my own soul
enormous soul of love joining with my own soul
booming voice of warning joining with my own soul

we suffer this loss in tearful silent weeping
loud wailing
intermittent grieving

as this spirit departs
our own spirits, refilled with passion
rise up to the daunting task
we will be replacing this guiding voice
with a million of our own tiny voices

intermittent grieving
alternating with bursts of new action

this one soul departing
leaving many souls replenished

as we bemoan loss of this prophet
we eat his words for breakfast
shoring up our promise to continue his work
his courage becomes our own
his depth of knowing infuses our brains
his unrelenting tenacity
infusing our blood
a life sustaining transfusion
emphatically dispersing delusion

deadly forces lurking in shadows
now struggling to emerge
as the one voice of one man
multiplies to millions

the prophet becomes the people
the people become the prophet

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dumbing down of amerikkka

for the past many decades, there has been an obvious concerted effort to dumb down amerikkka . soon, only the children of wealthy parents will have access to education . it’s almost that way already
the result is a bank of voters who purposefully vote for ‘representatives’ who are like them : uneducated or at least inexperienced, close minded, selfish, hypocritical, narcissistic … all ignorance based ‘attributes’ …

now, with the advent of corporate news collectively taking on the persona of professional liar, the ignorant working and middle class are either too dumb to really understand what’s happening, too busy just trying to stay afloat to feel able to do anything about it; or they’re racist fucks who are celebrating the pain of those they despise, even while they, themselves, suffer the indignities of poverty

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stepping off an edge

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one step
forward or back
a knack for rigid tracking
bridges lacking handrails
windy sails full of
stale air
deep stare into bedlam
a mind wracked
fracking
digging
gassing
boat sinking
choppy waters
drinking buckets of drama
sculpting trauma from old bones
hanging on a ledge
of only if
dreaming a burning bridge
stepping off an edge

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explosions

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celebrating wars in darkness of night
detonation
streams of light
gunshots hidden under rip of
fires cracking
static noise making fright
empires rising
explosions surprising urban villagers
breaking silence
celebrating the menace that is war

celebrating capitalist winners
while veterans moan in alleys

capitalist swimmers drinking overpriced wines
war sinners professing love for
mythological gods
confessing lost ideas

the myth of profits
leering from lofty heights

profiteering war criminals
ex-presidents
guards with guns
dead presidents
guards with guns
dancing on graves
dancing in tombs
of dead veterans
stomping on hearts of mothers of dismantled soldiers
dispersed by explosions
parts immersed in dust
pouring like liquid over flesh and bone

explosions rocking hearts and memories
of every traumatized soldier
post traumatic stress disability
shell shocked mothers of soldiers
mothers of children lost to street wars
fathers of every sacrificed son and daughter
wincing at every blast

drops of water salted with grief
discreetly wet the lashes of celebrants
grand parents of great warriors

the last and final shebang
followed by gunfire
celebrating the celebration with more
sounds of violence

sounds of war

 
 

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$11.6 billion dollars

. building a system of small, localized clean wind and solar power, using as close to natural ingredients as possible, will immediately disengage us from the worldwide wars being fought over the power to control toxic non-renewable fuels, the extraction of which (subsidized by us) does irreparable damage to the very planet and atmosphere on which we depend to survive . eliminating the need to transport these toxins will eliminate the need for toxic cleanups, and spare us the health and economic costs of further destruction and pollution
. invest in positive relationships by supporting education and organic food farming around the world . by educating ourselves and our children, we support ingenuity, and reduce poverty, which reduces crime . by making international friends through positive interactions instead of making enemies by bullying and pilfering the world for fuels, we’ll also greatly reduce the need to defend ourselves, as we will reduce the number of enemies, and experience support from around the world
. begin the complete nuclear disarmament and the dismantling of the nuclear energy debacle . every nuclear facility is now beyond it’s projected safe lifespan, and the notion of ‘safe’ has been proven a farce of great magnitude
. defund every national and international deal which involves the people in the u.s. financially supporting any and every military and mercenary offensive action everywhere . this includes funding for such projects as the zionist expansion movement by the israeli government and military, and funding for such actions as the u.s. military and mercenary invasion and occupation of iraq . this part of the policy would replenish some of what is spent disassembling the nuclear establishment
. fund local, elected, non-police affiliated, non-prosecutor affiliated twelve-member commissions all over the country to hold police and both private and public security agencies accountable to abide by the laws of this country in every interaction in which they engage with the people . empower the commission by providing complete funding toward a full legal staff and team of investigators . empower the commission with the right and responsibility to directly financially penalize officers and agents, to fire, and to publicly report any sanctions or other results of their investigations . those funds can be recovered by requiring that officers and agents who create circumstances which lead to civil claim settlements or judgements pay those debts themselves, and prohibit those debts from being extracted from city, county, state, and federal budgets . holding police and agents accountable for their actions will save the people from financing those payouts, and ultimately save great sums of money which currently are spent to run civil cases through the system, up the court ladder
. implement and fund a requirement of immediate drug testing for every officer and agent involved or being accused of being involved in any use of force or other abuse of power whatsoever, no matter who is claiming the force was used or power abused . again, this would, in the long run, be a deterrent to the type of violence by police which stems from steroid and other substance use . by reducing the use of steroids and other drugs, violent attacks by police would be reduced, which in turn would prevent the lawsuits mentioned above
. enact and financially support the enforcement of high standards of nutritional and health provisions for prisoners in every jail and prison under the jurisdiction of the american people, whether on home or foreign soil or water, from the brig to the state prisons . provide funding for complete renovation necessary to transform every place used for incarceration of humans to support educational and trades instruction, to become the rehabilitation centers we need to put an end to mass incarceration altogether . begin a process of educational effort so profound as to create a situation where super minimum security sites would be able to be used for those people who’ve committed non-violent offenses, and have no way to offer more direct, restorative reimbursement for their offense . fund well-staffed, high quality, respectful mental health care to every person in custody who requests or requires it
. develop and implement single payer health care option, while also funding serious enforcement of strict regulations of private insurance and health care providers



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