A People Who Believe
There are days
when it seems
life is too big for us
and that no matter
what we dream up
or change we commit
it won’t make the difference
we actually need.
But as it turns out
it is not the change
itself we are in need of
although the critic
will always point
it’s crooked finger to that.
What we are in need of,
first and foremost,
is being a people
who believe change
even in the face of
And the ability to act
from that faith
instead of acting
from our despair.
We are destined
to rise and fail
and rise again
to love and hurt
and love again
to win and lose
and win again
to create and destroy
and create again.
It’s just like that here on earth.
But I like it here.
I like the mystery,
the provac0tive buoyant bliss
As long as the poets can write about it
and the singers can sing about it
and the painters can write about it
and the dancers can dance about it
and the gardeners can plant about it
and the speakers can speak about it
and the lovers can love about it
and the dying can praise it
and the living can live it
The world will continue to
turn round and round
and grace will dance with tragedy
like she has always done.
What we, the lovers of life
must do, and I do mean,
is express ourselves and our passions
express our voices and our images,
as it is our substance that holds
certain essential particles together.
(For example, Van Gogh’s sunflowers
counter pollution. Cassat’s happy babies
fight child labor. Beetoven’s Ode to Joy
counters depression. Buckminster Fuller’s
roads counter accidents. Alice Walker’s
color purple raises awareness.)
Maybe you don’t believe me that art
is an essential thread in the
fabric of the world, but I don’t care.
We are a people who believe
there is hope for us, for humanity.
(The alternative to not believing is grim)
We may not know, how or when
the real revolution of true love and true peace
will come finally and reign. But…we the people
Some say it is money that makes
the world go round…
But artists know better.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Declaration of Independence 1776