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Blues for Trayvon Martin


Langston Hughes, Let America Be America Again, 1936 

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.
     (America never was America to me.)
Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
     (It never was America to me.)
O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.
     (There’s never been equality for me,
     Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)
     Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
     And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?
I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.
     I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
     Tangled in that ancient endless chain
     Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
     Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
     Of work the men! Of take the pay!
     Of owning everything for one’s own greed!
I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.
     Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
     In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
     Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
     That even yet its mighty daring sings
     In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
     That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home—
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”
     The free?
Who said the free?  Not me?
Surely not me?  The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay—
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.
     O, let America be America again—
     The land that never has been yet—
     And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
     The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
     Who made America,
     Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
     Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
     Must bring back our mighty dream again.
Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
     O, yes,
     I say it plain,
     America never was America to me,
     And yet I swear this oath—
     America will be!

Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues, 1923

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
     I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
     He did a lazy sway . . .
     He did a lazy sway . . .
To the tune o’ those Weary Blues.
With his ebony hands on each ivory key
He made that poor piano moan with melody.
     O Blues!
Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool
He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool.
     Sweet Blues!
Coming from a black man’s soul.
     O Blues!
In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone
I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan—
     “Ain’t got nobody in all this world,
     Ain’t got nobody but ma self.
     I’s gwine to quit ma frownin’
     And put ma troubles on the shelf.”
Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor.
He played a few chords then he sang some more—
     “I got the Weary Blues
     And I can’t be satisfied.
     Got the Weary Blues
     And can’t be satisfied—
     I ain’t happy no mo’
     And I wish that I had died.”
And far into the night he crooned that tune.
The stars went out and so did the moon.
The singer stopped playing and went to bed
While the Weary Blues echoed through his head.
He slept like a rock or a man that’s dead.

Categorie:cultura di massa, Cultura politica

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2 risposte

  1. Yep. poor little Trayvon. He started a violent altercation with the wrong man and got his worthless ass killed. 😆 Better then than after he’d done more wrong and vile in his life, which was what was going to happen anyway.

    The only sad part is that the filthy animals running DC forced Florida to do the wrong thing and take Zimmerman to trial, even though both the police and the DA knew there was no case.

    OK, I’m wrong. Obama said it could have been him. Another thing that is sad is that it wasn’t him and Holder who ended up exterminated at the hands of an American. There’s still hope for that though…

    "Mi piace"

    • This is the kind of comments that I am going to publish here just once – and never again. The kind of comments that I am not going to allow on my blog. Not because they disagree with what I say, not even because they exude hatred and racism, but because they advocate violence in general or call for specific violent acts against specific people (right or left, I don’t care).

      "Mi piace"


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