n o justice   n o   p e a c e

o f  course:
t r u e  change  is always  too  slow
and   o u r  b e s t  hopes  rest  with
s t e a d y
on
beyond  our  own  times

the    t r u e    revolutions    h a p p e n
within  the  covers  of our  best books
inside the noises of words with words
inside the movements of reading eyes

so:
the  writers   are   the   engines
the  artists    are   the   engines
and   the   women    and     men
and   the  girls   and   the   boys  
read ing   those    noisy    books
all  are  engines  of true change          

the   words  contain  the  power
and the books  must  have  that
power  and  the  noise  of    that
story and the shout of that song
must always be  louder than the
silence  of the  bullets  and   the
silent   deaths  of  grim   despair

we   m o v e  forward  with   love

the  s t r u g g l e  c o n t I n u e s 

c.2009: arnold adoff

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