Hieroglyphic Stairway – Poetry Poster

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Hieroglyphic Stairway – Poetry Poster


“it’s 3:23 in the morning /and I’m awake/because my great great grandchildren/ won’t let me sleep/my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams/what did you do while the planet was plundered?/ what did you do while the earth was unraveling?…what did you do/once/you/knew?”

(excerpt from “hieroglyphic stairway” by Drew Dellinger.)

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NEW! Stunning physical poster of Drew Dellinger’s most popular poem, “hieroglyphic stairway.”

This poem has touched hearts and inspired souls around the planet. It has been cited and quoted in venues ranging from prison workshops to climate change hearings before the US Congress, and has been called “an iconic work of art for the ecology and social justice movements.”


(Statement by a Member of Congress to former Vice President Al Gore, during Gore’s testimony at Congressional climate change hearings, April 24, 2009.)

“I want to relate to your struggle a few moments ago to come up with the right words to define this moment. Because we’re all talking and asking questions based on the concerns that our current constituents raise with us about this measure. And I wonder, what if the future generations had a voice? And if people living in our districts in 2080, or 2090, could speak to us now, what would they be saying? I’ll give you one piece of poetry, actually, that I think brings it up pretty well, by a fellow named Drew Dellinger. He says, ‘it’s 3:23 in the morning/ and I’m awake/ because my great great grandchildren/ won’t let me sleep/ my great great grandchildren/ ask me in dreams/ what did you do while the planet was plundered?/ what did you do when the earth was unraveling?'”

– Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin

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digital download; 8 x 11 inches for easy printing