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MARCH 2020 INCLUDES ….  

 

THE NEW YEAR 2020 yearns for examples of individual’s positive WAKE-UP words and actions.

Here’s examples reaching us from national and international sources.

 

  • ‘A BRAVE AND STARTLING TRUTH’ – Maya Angelou wrote this poem in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
  • STOP PRESS :–  ‘Thank god for immigrants’: the artist, Jeremy Deller creates poster to raise funds for refugees and food banks 

 

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A BRAVE AND STARTLING TRUTH

Gifted by the late Tina Hanna. Artist. Mystic.

See Archive Gallery. …her visionary drawings

We, this people, on a small and lonely planet
Travelling through casual space
Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns
To a destination where all signs tell us
It is possible and imperative that we learn
A brave and startling truth

And when we come to it
To the day of peacemaking
When we release our fingers
From fists of hostility
And allow the pure air to cool our palms

When we come to it
When the curtain falls on the minstrel show of hate
And faces sooted with scorn are scrubbed clean
When battlefields and coliseum
No longer rake our unique and particular sons and daughters
Up with the bruised and bloody grass
To lie in identical plots in foreign soil

When the rapacious storming of the churches
The screaming racket in the temples have ceased
When the pennants are waving gaily
When the banners of the world tremble
Stoutly in the good, clean breeze

When we come to it
When we let the rifles fall from our shoulders
And children dress their dolls in flags of truce
When land mines of death have been removed
And the aged can walk into evenings of peace
When religious ritual is not perfumed
By the incense of burning flesh
And childhood dreams are not kicked awake
By nightmares of abuse

When we come to it
Then we will confess that not the Pyramids
With their stones set in mysterious perfection
Nor the Gardens of Babylon
Hanging as eternal beauty
In our collective memory
Not the Grand Canyon
Kindled into delicious color
By Western sunsets

Nor the Danube, flowing its blue soul into Europe
Not the sacred peak of Mount Fuji
Stretching to the Rising Sun
Neither Father Amazon nor Mother Mississippi who, without favor,
Nurture all creatures in the depths and on the shores
These are not the only wonders of the world

When we come to it
We, this people, on this minuscule and kithless globe
Who reach daily for the bomb, the blade and the dagger
Yet who petition in the dark for tokens of peace
We, this people on this mote of matter
In whose mouths abide cankerous words
Which challenge our very existence
Yet out of those same mouths
Come songs of such exquisite sweetness
That the heart falters in its labor
And the body is quieted into awe

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet
Whose hands can strike with such abandon
That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living
Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness
That the haughty neck is happy to bow
And the proud back is glad to bend
Out of such chaos, of such contradiction
We learn that we are neither devils nor divines

When we come to it
We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
Without crippling fear

When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)

 

“A Brave and Startling Truth” was published in a commemorative booklet in 1995 and was later included in Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry (public library).

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STOP PRESS :–  ‘Thank god for immigrants’: the artist, Jeremy Deller creates poster to raise funds for refugees and food banks – the poster pays homage to the foreign workers who have carried on working during the coronavirus crisis.

Jeremy Deller has responded to the corona virus crisis with Thank God for Immigrants, an A2 print designed with Fraser Muggeridge, designed to be displayed specifically in windows and not on walls. “I hope, like with a lot of things I do that it speaks for itself” Deller says. “It’s probably to do with seeing the photographs of the doctors and nurses who have died in the last week—all of whom I imagine, if not immigrants themselves, have come from immigrant backgrounds. These are also the people left on the streets who are doing the jobs that nobody else is doing: making deliveries and stacking the supermarket shelves. This situation is going to reconfigure how we view immigration but also class and status and wealth and your value in society—all these things have totally inverted our value system.”

The A2 print, sells for £25 in the UK, with the proceeds split between two charities: Refugee Action, which supports refugees and asylum seekers struggling with the asylum process, poverty and homelessness and The Trussel Trust. which supports a nationwide network of food banks throughout the UK. 

Please see – BUY A POSTER HERE .