Let all the heroes come

Let all the spirits and ancestors join us now

When the veil is thin

Let William Blake and Oscar Wilde

lead an army

of starving Irish peasants

to take back their land

from the English Lords who stole it.

All the great writers join minds

Tolstoy, Marx, Jung, and Camus

Come marching through my sleeping neighborhood

Jonathan Swift come with Seamus Heaney

Join Richard Wright at the White House

And take off our President’s mask

Abe Lincoln sit Bill O’Reilly on your knee

Tell him to spend his time reading

The Complete Works of Frederick Douglas

Who also might have a few words for

Barack Obama whose own ancestors

are out of their minds in rage

over his collusion with Wall Street

Let Aragorn awaken the Dead

Let the Ents and Trees march on the Banks,

The Pentagon, the Trump Towers,

Rupert Murdoch’s empire, the Wells Fargo building

Housing Sheriff Joe Arpolo.

Tear the foundations of greed down to the earth.

Let Sitting Bull, Geronimo and Che Guevara

Take Mr. Arpolo into the desert

Leave him naked and waterless

With Leslie Silko’s Almanac of the Dead

To show him how perverse  he is.

Awaken Ronald Reagan for breakfast with

Brian Wilson and the ghosts your Contras

And Death Squads murdered in Latin America.

All are invited, Adoph, Joseph, Mao,

All the Kings, Queens of old Europe

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,

Benjamin Franklin—Come Occupy

Break bread with Abraham, Martin, John,

And Bobby along with the hundreds of millions

Murdered, lynched, tortured people of color

In this land of the free and home of the brave.

Give the spirit of Osama a snare drum and permanent

Spot in the eardrum of George Bush

Come you Holocaust spirits to Israel

Bring sweets for Rachel Cory and the

Tortured Palestinians she fought for.

Come Pythagoras, Athena, Hermes, and Homer

Come initiates of the mystery schools

Lead the children out from our dead schools

Occupy the schools of America

Come Druids, Arthur, Merlin

Take the boys and young men

Into the forests, teach them to hunt

And protect the trees, the water, the land

Come Artemis, Joan of Arc, Rachel Carson

Lead the girls to the forest too

Occupy their hearts, souls, minds

Give them back their bodies for themselves

Gandhi, Buddha, Genghis Khan, Hannibal

Rumi, Mohammed, Hafiz, Patton

Occupy the gangs of lost young men

Hold the space for their pain and rage to erupt.

It’s all comin down, the veil is thin

Come William Butler Yeats

Now is the time when the center can no longer hold

Come all you spirits and ancestors

Pour through the cracks

Of this very fucked up world.

Occupy, occupy, occupy.

  - Brian McSweeney

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Yeah, Baby!  Can we add the Hopi elders to that list, please?

About time we got some freakin' ART in this cafe!


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