this much is true

true is the cardboard box   true too
     the hunger &
     the pigeon, now
     dead


But the fellah, the unemployed and the starving do not lay claim to truth. They do not say they represent the truth because they are the truth in their very being.
– Frantz Fanon, from “The Wretched of the Earth”


Sweet Sally took a cardboard box,
And in went pigeon poor.
Whom she had starved to death but not,
For lack of love, be sure.
– Gwendolyn Brooks, from “the ballad of the light-eyed little girl”


The Task
Some dust to be sure, some nails I will bring, we shall nail the dust to wind –

Doubt
Can you will your shadow into being stone
And will it rain when the stone turns color?

Prayer
I’ll think up some fire, you bring your clay, and pray earth to give us song –

4 comments on “this much is true

  1. One of those where one feels it in the gut.

    • huzaifazoom says:

      Thanks. Given the times and what it demands of the conscience, poetry can either step up to the task of aligning itself with the voice of the ‘wretched’ or.. fiddle away.

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