A Revolutionary (Original) Poem for Revolutionary Times / Video by Dave Bonta

in poetry •  29 days ago

What is to give Light

What is to give light must endure
burning, a man once said
Another man became the matchstick
that set a nation aflame

But fire, and its appetite, cannot be
calculated, like freedom
Injustice and desperation make men
combustible, like dry wood

When words lose their meaning
and an entire people their voice –
so they can neither laugh nor scream –
death and life begin to taste the same

From Tunis, to Egypt, to Yemen, to Syria
the light from a burning man proved catching
And those with nothing to lose, or offer, but bodies
fanned the embers of their hopes into a blazing dream.

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I cannot begin to understand the depth of what is happening, but my heart breaks... for the wars, for the oppression, for the lack of compassion and understanding that permeates the world. Well done.