[Ppnews] Assata poem and portrait & program announcement

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Tue Jun 28 08:58:03 EDT 2005


Subject: Assata poem and portrait & program announcement
From: Kiilu Nyasha <kiilu1 at mindspring.com>


Greetings All:  In case you're up early tomorrow morning, Margaret Prescod, 
host/producer of Sojourner Truth on KPFK in Los Angeles will be 
interviewing me on her morning show about 7:15 a.m. re Assata Shakur.

Here's a poem Assata wrote that appears in her autobiography and on the 
following website: www.assatashakur.org plus a portrait of Assata and 
Marilyn Buck, a political prisoner doing 80 years for helping with Assata's 
"liberation."  (Marilyn has the original in Dublin, Ca. Fed. Prison)





I believe in living

I believe in living
i believe in the spectrum
of Beta days and Gamma people.
i believe in sunshine.
In windmills and waterfalls,
tricycles and rocking chairs;
And i believe that seeds grow into sprouts
And sprouts grow into trees.
i believe in the magic of the hands.
And in the wisdom of the eyes.
i believe in rain and tears.
And in the blood of infinity.

i believe in life.
And i have seen the death parade
march through the torso of the earth,
sculpting mud bodies in its path
i have seen the destruction of the daylight
and seen bloodthirsty maggots
prayed to and saluted

i have seen the kind become the blind
and the blind become the bind
in one easy lesson.
i have walked on cut grass.
i have eaten crow and blunder bread
and breathed the stench of indifference

i have been locked by the lawless.
Handcuffed by the haters.
Gagged by the greedy.
And, if i know anything at all,
it's that a wall is just a wall
and nothing more at all.
It can be broken down.

i believe in living
i believe in birth.
i believe in the sweat of love
and in the fire of truth.

And i believe that a lost ship,
steered by tired, seasick sailors,
can still be guided home to port.

-Assata Shakur


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