Another great find: “What Will It Take?” (A poem by Carlo Alcos)

Here is another great find of the day, thanks to my friend Carlo Alcos, a Filipino-born Canadian who edits Matador Network’s Brave New Traveler, and who also runs the blogs Confronting Love and Vagabonderz. He was inspired to write this piece by Occupy Wall Street, but I hope to perform it for this week’s “Sendong” fundraisers.


(Click here to read the original post on Facebook)

What it will take

Is a resistance to the system that we’ve come to embrace

For no other reason than just because it is

For resistance is to question what we’ve  been led to believe

Not necessarily lies, but stories

Stories that have become truths in the synapses of our minds

Bonds so tight that even though we recognize them we still

Can’t break free.

But recognition is where it all begins

When questions and childlike innocence form the stem that grows up and out

Piercing through convention and unimagination

Like the roots of a tree busting through concrete sidewalks and building foundations

The story has an end, like all stories do

But this story ain’t a fairytale

The princess doesn’t get the prince

The frog stays a frog

The witch eats the kids

And this is OK because coming right behind it is something new

Truth, love, honesty, connection, vulnerability

Words that have lost meaning amidst

The six o’clock news, Facebook, and pornography.

These words are on the lips of a new generation

As well as an old generation

Because wisdom has no age limitations

The awakened spirit is not exclusive to an esoteric crowd jockeying for position

They’re on the lips of teachers, doctors, and bus drivers

Construction workers, soldiers, and the unemployed

Those who get scowled at to, “Get a job, hippie!”

And, even if they don’t know it yet, they’re on the lips of

Those who do the scowling.

Because there is no “us” and “them”


Lakes vs. clouds

Flowers vs. mountains

The moon vs. the earth

The separation is causing annihilation

We must reconvene on the scene

Where community is the top priority

And where we stare in each others’ eyes

With understanding and compassion

And fashion for ourselves

A new reality.


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