poem about process and progress

poem about process and progress
for haruko

Hey Baby you betta
hurry it up!
Because
since you went totally
off
I seen a full moon
I seen a half moon
I seen a quarter moon
I seen no moon whatsoever!

I seen a equinox
I seen a solstice
I seen Mars and Venus on a line
I seen a mess a fickle stars
and lately
I seen this new kind a luva
on an’ off the telephone
who like to talk to me
all the time

real nice

(june jordan)

land

land

his approach
to love he said
was that of a farmer
most love like
hunters and like
hunters most kill
what they desire
he tills
soil through toes
nose in the wet
earth he waits
prays to the gods
and slowly harvests
ever thankful

[suheir hammad]

my motivation for the day

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic, it is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, and kindness. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future– the future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now, as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us is itself a marvelous victory.
[Howard Zinn]

i am afraid

i am afraid to tell my beloved
that i love her;
jugged wine
loses something when it’s poured out.

[n.qabbani]