A Poem for Democracy

Once upon a time
In a land far away
There was some people that gathered
And here one got up to say

I’ll tell you my brothers
and sister and sons
We’ve got to stick together
To undone what’s done

We’ve got to stand for something
In a world of mischief and lies
No matter deception
Illusions and lies

Our earth here this soil
Is black brown and red
And with water from rain
We’ll eat and be fed

Now chemical weapons
And electromagnetic rays
Will shake us and rattle
But we will not be phased

No sisters and brothers
On earth we’ll unite
Each day alive breathing
And here we will fight

Now people of all colors
There’s just one thing to do
To love one another
Black brown white yellow red too

My people my people
A human family
Sing a song of redemption
Of our fates destiny

My people my people
Don’t run hide or cry
We’re here for our mothers
For the kids left behind

There is a force on earth stronger
Than their guns bombs and fear
It’s the human spirit within us
Through which we’ll persevere

My people its time
To stand together as one
And bask in the rays
Of this marvelous warm sun

They walked the line in Chicago
In the heat rain and snow
So teachers could help their students
To learn love and grow

They walked out for the climate
For our future you see
Is more than quarterly profits
That chokes prosperity

They stand up for the children
That languish in camps
They were caged marching towards freedom
But they’ll forever advance

People why should we labor
Our whole lives used up?
They work us discard us
Like an empty paper cup

No why work for some slaver
Who really don’t care
Whips us with pride and desire
Fear scorn anger terror

I say let’s not fight each other
Degrade or humiliate
Nor hypnotize deceive
We must illuminate

Free thought a free planet
To think speak and write
It’s our essence humanity
That love for which we fight

Now a young girl in that crowd
She interrupted to chant
And in the hills a rose bloomed
Its scent sweet radiant

And the people together
They broke out in song
To lift each other together
To right what was wrong

The orator asked for quiet
And continued to talk
It was time soon to go out
To light up the dark

She said there’s force on earth greater
Than our will to survive
It’s our love life our purpose
Through which we are defined

See no dictator’s scheme
Nor any paranoid dream
Could ever break a people
With the will to live free

And so with that they began marching
All together like one
They clapped and held hands
Under the blue sky and sun

And then terror it melted
Hearts warmed guns were dropped
And all came together
Like good people aught

And from that land far away
That time long long ago
They’ll say people stood fighting for freedom
To liberate our human soul

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