Saturday, August 2, 2014

Poems: 4 for brother Vincent



These poems are for Vincent Harding who died on May 19th.

***

4 for brother Vincent


1. Beloved


Vincent saw each one of us

not as a bent tree

leaves aslant

on a high peak


or crumpled in a thin basement

stripped of resource


urged a rent party

for a desolate artist

eating greens with friends


slept on a cot

near a young man

menaced


burgeoning

doing the job of life

making the

here and

not yet


belov ed community



2. Down


You went far

adopted by Jews in Harlem

saw the holocaust(s)

to the West Bank


where young Jews in helmets

of blacks and jews

darksleep

fire guns


pour down

shit and urine

through cluttered mesh

live ammo

on the bazaar in Hebron


on nonviolent

see the Tamimis

stand up

with Martin

hardrubberbullet

in Nabi Saleh


upside

silver

trueheart


down



3. Transience


And what is

fiery sunsets

live conversations

truth teller


one

move mountains of bondage

in the thrownlight

segregation

of dawn


of many


this is what we are

tell fiery red Jordan

incarceration

joining heart

rivers

of stories


in the brilliant moments we are here

for the shimmer that lasts


for stories

that keep


until we, too,

are gone



4. Ancestors


In the long night

many thousands gone

some shine


in the long night

many silenced for not

standing aside on a side walk

dark


when a whiteman passed

(shadowy, arrogant, deader

than dead can be…)


living lives of courage

and endurance


some find words for the new

some imagine a future

filled with laughter


better than high power

of “race” or money


a future for all

a democratic community



No comments:

Post a Comment