PART ONE: THE WORD I GAVE WAS A JOYFUL PRAYER. / CLAIRE O’BRIEN 2014
PART TWO: NO ONE WILL EVER BELIEVE YOU / CLAIRE O’BRIEN 2014
PART THREE: FUCK YOU
PART FOUR: PRESS RELEASE
FROM: THE BARBARIANS.
AT: THE GATES
The despised and the crazy, the last secret kings,
the underground flyers without any wings,
the sidewalk sleepers, dumpster creepers,
desert walkers, subway talkers.
Some who stink and some who crawl,
the face of God down every hall.
Perfect boys with basketballs:
radient beauty trampled down
fallen stars upon the ground.
They need to know the world is good :
We’re here to get their childhoods.
.Those who work all night for crack
turning tricks across the tracks
kicked like dogs, knocked out and smacked:
We are here to pay them back.
Mountain people with no teeth:
Cartoon men of ancient speech
They have not eaten for a week.
They don’t demand their equal due.
That’s why we are coming through
and why we’re headed straight for you.
It’s funny how much people hate
to see me standing at the Gates,
presuming I can give expression
to real, system-wide oppression.
To them I say,” Well you tell me
why nothing here applies to me.
Why every fundamental right
applies to everyone in sight
except for those you single out
as people who just do not count.
Although the feds made it a crime,
lawyers do it all the time.
No one has to give a shit
about the bottom of the list:
That is what the bottom’s for –
you’re not a person anymore.
Some people learn this lesson, then live it every day
“No matter what you, do, no matter what you say.
No matter if the work you do gets better everyday,
No matter all the damage caused by lies that others say –
There is nothing you can do to change the role you play.
We took you down forever, and down is where you’ll stay.”
If you don’t see stigma as oppression in every single way
or understand the world I lost, and lose anew each day,
Then consider four years later, as I hold my breath and pray
for a few unbroken promises that won’t just fade away.
And let us call out bigotry, for that’s its real name –
as ugly as it sounds and as worthy of the shame,
as global and destructive as any tyrant’s reign.