< Afro-Beat Journal, Issue 2: Live!
24.09.2011 18:38 Age: 7 yrs
Category: engl Karibik Allgemein / Politik

100 Thousand Poets for Change: Pembroke Pines

Here's one of the poems I read at 100 Thousand Poets for Change in Pembroke Pines, Florida

Letter fromMarcus Garvey London, 9 June1940
When I was in the Atlanta Federal Prison I chanted through the silence,"Keep cool, keep cool," For I didn't want tosee twisted bodies ripening on the floweringdogwood.
Or when I emerged from the caverns of the Spanish Town District Prison, the children hurled stones at my head, like I was some lame poet, and even after my first betrayal when Amy brawled with a Judas, you ignored me and said I made us "a laughingstock to theworld."
I took it because I knew you were blind to your own beauty, that you could beseduced by weak-kneed hypocrites who would callme "a half-wit, low-grade moron."I took it all.
But what has me choking on my words, is not the asthma, the shortness ofbreath that has slowed my heart, my body that will be taken away soon-soon by the whirlwind--what's left me mute is the broken faith of my brothers and sisters, scattered like goats on a far hillside where my father lies buried under the broad leaves of thebreadfruit; his bones warmer than these white, cold pages swirling in my doorway

"Letter from Marcus Garvey" byGeoffrey Philp
The date of the poem is important. It isone day before Garvey died in London after suffering a second cerebralhemorrhage while reading the inaccurate news reports of his death, "Garveydies in London."
Marcus Garvey died before he could clearhis name of the fraudulent charges that led to his imprisonment. Therefore, we are petitioning President Barack Obama toexonerate Marcus Mosiah Garvey andto clear his good name.
Here is the link to sign the petition: Short URL:   wh.gov/gW7
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