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Drew's New Poem: "Occupy Wall Street"

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Occupy Wall Street                            Drew Dellinger

We need global
citizens for some sit-ins
I say we all meet
on Wall Street
and lock down--
lock the whole block down!

[Drew Dellinger, 2001]

I take exception to the rule
of the greedy and the cruel.

This fall, school’s in session
and the lesson is Wall Street.
It’s time for action
and your name’s on the call sheet.
It’s time we all meet
and name what it is:
the game has been rigged
to enrich corporate
business interests that sent this economy spinning.
Charlie Sheen is not the only clueless dude that thinks he’s winning.

See, the one percent done spent all the rent.
And now the rent’s due, so we’re coming to a tent near you.

We’re the like-minded ninety-nine percent
standing up to corruption with loving dissent.

We stand for justice,
and the future,
and all of humanity.
Embracing all people.
Yes, even Sean Hannity.

The message is simple:
greed, injustice, and eco-destruction have to go.
Pay attention corporate media. We’ll try to say it slow.

It’s time to
rock the nation,
rock this occupation.

It’s time for the people to peacefully fight back.
Tell Congress and the media we’re taking the mic back.

Tell the jaded it’s that long-awaited revolution.
Put away the pepper spray and re-read the Constitution.
These cops are paid to go crazy, yo.
But we’re peaceful.
Don’t tase me, bro.

We came to incite insight,
unite and discuss this.
We came to hang, and to bang the drums of justice.

Let’s occupy
with our love and our light.

Let’s occupy
the earth and the sky,
and live with all beings
as a planet-wide tribe.

Occupy the divine mind residing inside.

See, I’m the type writer
that’s known to light fires
and prone to inspire
the moment’s own higher desire.

‘Cause history knows it’s the time
for resisting the team at the scene of the crime.

Tell your friends I’ll meet ‘em there at Freedom Square.
They can’t stop us, from Seattle to Chiapas.
It’s our mission to envision
what comes after the catastrophe.
How do we move past
the capitalist disaster?

Our communities need us.
We are all leaders.

How could we ask for anything less than the future?

--Drew Dellinger

(October 13, 2011)  www.planetizethemovement.org   #OWS               copyright c 2011

Filed under Poetry, Activism, Politics

17 comments for "Drew's New Poem: "Occupy Wall Street""

Renee Bastet says:
October 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Intelligent, to the point, powerful and most of all ... loving! Thank you Drew! The world needs to hear it and today my heart needed to hear it. I give loving thanks to your amazing gift!

Patricia says:
October 16, 2011 at 06:53 PM

Drew you have made a beautiful warm call...thank u! only one comment it does not stop in chiapas...the echoes resound from the north corner of our wild America to down here the finis terrae ,from the cold forests of north america to the cold forests of southamerica...Cape Horn salutes u brave ones...u are breaking down the walls of denial at the archetypal center of the western culture ...Bravo!!!

Karil Daniels says:
October 16, 2011 at 07:54 PM

Drew, thanks for such clarity and your inspirational words.

Laura-May says:
October 19, 2011 at 01:08 AM

Did we fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen? Why, yes, actually, we did.

Occupy LOVE.

WORD is...inspiration burns hot not difficult to find us we can be heard echoes of 'Hieroglyphic Stairway', 'Planetize the Movement' and 'Occupy Wall Street' through the streets... hearts a-flame as we recite. stand up? Yes. take to the streets? You Bet.

What did we do once we Knew? We put love into Action. like our prophetic poet named Drew...

Merrin Pearse says:
October 19, 2011 at 03:10 AM

Great words indeed Drew and it is so true!

Love to hear these words spoken/expressed by your own voice - is there going to be a recording of it?

John P. Falchi says:
October 19, 2011 at 03:29 AM

Drew-you have the knack of hitting the nail on the head, but in a most beautiful way. We need more people like you who can inspire us to speak out in poetic ways about the truths of Occupy Together. In this way we can reach and attract many more people than we now have.

Justine Pattantyus says:
October 19, 2011 at 04:19 PM

Free flow lines of prose Collecting intellect Keeps it relevant

Andy savak says:
October 19, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Occupy and keep on writing...

Debra says:
October 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Beautifully written Thank You Mr Dellinger.


Debbie says:
October 22, 2011 at 03:56 PM

Thank you Drew

Bridges Limo says:
October 22, 2011 at 07:23 PM

Nicely done Drew!

BA Zikria says:
October 25, 2011 at 06:25 PM

Thanks Drew.

Your poetry is the manifest wisdom of our age. Social network must spread it around. You are at the forefront, take the ball and run!!!


Christian Valentiner says:
October 27, 2011 at 04:41 PM

Drew, my man! Thanks again for this stunning poem - and even better live @SAND last week.

As promised, I've e-mailed you and Maurizio about our thoughts to make this go VIRAL! OCCUPY... need this!

With much love Christian

Joseph Scanlon says:
October 28, 2011 at 04:10 PM

Right on Drew! Here in France the protests have been going on since the democracy was born, it has never ended! Every month they are in the streets forcing the government and businesses to take notice and work with the entire populous of this nation in moving forward, it is part of the culture of political participation here and it is great too see so often. Too bad it has come in waves in America, wish I was there now to ride this one-keep it up!

Jeni Lyon says:
October 29, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Your inspiring words were the perfect way to send us Bioneers back into the world empowered & eager to embrace & facilitate this peaceful revolution spreading globally like a divine wildfire.

Thank you for tuning in to your insight & bringing the light back in words we peaceful warriors can wield more powerful than swords.

With our love & our light, we are taking the mic back!

Connie Barlow says:
November 07, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Wow! I was at an event in San Francisco Nov 5 when Drew performed this, from memory. Viva orality! He rocked the house! Needs a video of his performing it to go viral via YouTube. Then not just ripples of inspiration, but an Earth-surging tsunami!

sigmundo says:
November 16, 2011 at 07:08 PM

that's awesome, drew! have seen the video also today... thx a lot! love°sig

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Drew Dellinger

Drew Dellinger is a speaker, poet, writer, teacher, and founder of Planetize the Movement. He has inspired minds and hearts at over 1000 events around the planet, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology, activism, democracy and compassion.
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