Raise Up

dedicated to “the youth”

You, I know so well
too well (so well)

as you grow up
i know you won’t just stand by
each day is a struggle
i know your voice will cry
out and face the dangers
that lurk in the night

and each day that you rise
i know you will raise up
the truth that rings through us
through all time

Stop Crying

i tried to stop crying all the time

i stopped working for the man
but i didn’t stop crying

i stopped buying from the store
but i didn’t stop crying

i stopped presenting my work
but i didn’t stop crying

i started building
i started risking
i started ceremony
i began to cry
and i began to cry
and i didn’t stop
and i didn’t stop

O ‘ Mama

mama gaya
don’t you always
put me at the tail end o’ things?

hmm? oh yes
i see you

me come in
what fe witness?
me fe you witness?

and fe me na cry
and fe me na cry
you say?

why? i do not write mama
i cannot tell stories
i will not speak

oh mama
i wail!