Friday, 23 of February of 2018

Raisa Kogan – Earthangels

people stomp their feet,
create a beat,
break down this life to
bee stings and butterfly wings
shut down the electronic angel
put your trust in green breath
lay your head down, let your hair
become dirty with twig and bead
in a tiny green piece of a silver world
it’s perfect how life here shares space and support,
bumblebee spreads the seeds and rain feeds the trees
new york city is pop-snap-tag,
lead weights in your backpack,
bic pen drumming as you meditate
why do people take more than we need?
why must we hurt somebody else for us to live?
these maniacs in business suits paint
more and more green to gray

some children picket and climb up the trees
yelling for dear life:
“we don’t need money to breathe”
“we don’t need money to love”
but, they are outnumbered
by those who only believe in one love
money grabbed out of a newborn’s hand
money’s green is worth more than nature’s
cutting down the amazon rainforest
for cocaine and hamburgers
another hour,
another tribe has no home
so many trees have fallen without sound
what will it take to wake up and hear them
till it’s your home

your special place
being cut down for money
till it’s the park where you played freezetag as a child
cut down to a parking lot
the weeping willow where you first kissed
the daisy field where you lay your head so many crazy summers
till it’s too late

Raisa Kogan
May-June 2003 Earth First!

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