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I started another blog...Families Occupy Together. I wanted to keep this one a bit lighter. Families Occupy Together is mostly news articles about Occupy Wall Street…right now. I started it in response to the OWS protesters being depicted in the media as 20-something radical leftists. Yeah, there are some, but it’s people from ALL walks of life. They are protesting the extreme inequalities in this country, a diminishing middle class, and a government that serves corporations and not The People.
I consider my husband and I to be pretty lucky…he works full time and receives good benefits (health insurance, yay.) I’m a stay at home mom, but will need to find part time work to supplement our income. As far as saving for a house, college tuition for our girls and retirement…well, that will be a struggle. I am grateful and like my quality of life, but it’s fragile. People are losing their homes and jobs. People are without health care. I want to live in a country where its’ people are thriving.
I’m not sure what will come out of this movement . Some say, OWS doesn’t have clear demands, but bringing attention to the inequities that exist, seems like an awesome start. Hopefully, our policy makers will do SOMETHING. Parents for Occupy Wall Street contacted me to organize a “sleepover” in my city on the 21st. They have and will be spending the night with their families in Zuccotti Park. I admire what they are doing, but don’t feel safe enough to do this with my girls. Also, I don’t think I could organize something so soon.
You ask for a poem. I offer you a blade of grass.
You say it is not good enough.
You ask for a poem.
I say this blade of grass will do.
It has dressed itself in frost,
It is more immediate
Than any image of my making.
You say it is not a poem,
It is a blade of grass and grass
Is not quite good enough.
I offer you a blade of grass.
You are indignant.
You say it is too easy to offer grass.
It is absurd.
Anyone can offer a blade of grass.
You ask for a poem.
And so I write you a tragedy about
How a blade of grass
Becomes more and more difficult to offer,
And about how as you grow older
A blade of grass
Becomes more difficult to accept.