Pathways

Pathways

A Poem by redzone
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…. love that Nina...

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Pathways

 

 

Nina Simone sang “Feeling Good”

a new dawn, a new day

flew from the notes

as the melody caught fire

in human desire.

 

For eons, humans sought relief

from societies harshness;

societies based on

masters and slaves,

kings and serfs,

owners and workers,

all sang her song

in one voice or another.

 

From Hypatia to Sojourner Truth;

from Nat Turner to Huey Newton;

from Lenin to Bob Avakian,

pathways to liberation

have been created.

Humans have always

craved Spring,

the touch of community,

sharing good and woe,

in creating a balanced Earth.

 

Humanity is filled with dreamers,

with visionaries of change,

and it has been said,

if you can dream it,

it is possible to achieve.

Mao Tsetung once stated

in one of his more pithy sayings:

“Nothing is hard in this world,

if you dare to scale the heights.”

But we know that scaling these heights

demands struggle, hardships

and sacrifices.

 

Nina Simone introduced this poem

with her song.

Will we sing with her

or bury our heads

in all the excuses

of bourgeois society

and their laws

of “pursuit of happiness”,

which means living off

the blood and bones

of the world’s people,

as well as the bottom dwellers

here at home.

 

For me,

I want that new dawn and new day;

the sweet smell and taste of Spring.

 

Aztec Warrior/redzone 2.12.20  


© 2020 redzone


Author's Note

redzone
....thanks for reading


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It’s a new done, a new day every single day and we should grab the opportunity to make the most of of it. I love the way you incorporate historical and philosophical terms , a dedication to people who have fought against the odds to achieve their goals and dreams. Brilliantly portrayed and written.


Posted 1 Month Ago


redzone

1 Month Ago

thank you Katrina for your kind words and your visit...
Katrina Mckeown

1 Month Ago

You are most welcome
we do need a new dawn....in too many ways society is still in the ice age...women without equal rights, prejudice that still exists so strongly...we haven't come as far as we think we have...
maybe this should be written on the cave walls that still exist in other countries and part of ours as well.
excellent write.
j.

Posted 1 Month Ago


redzone

1 Month Ago

I liked your "cave walls" analogy Jacob.... I think you are right in saying this, especially for poe.. read more
A worthy honor that speaks volumes about the life and achievement of this "Princess of Soul." I love how you put your message in historical and philosophical terms and I can't agree more. You shed light on injustices, belittling others who went on to become legends and proved them all wrong. With the will, hard work and dedication, people achieved great things who were discounted as nobody. Great is your effort Red Zone...

Posted 1 Month Ago


redzone

1 Month Ago

aahhh Sami, it is always good to see you walking in one of my poem, thank you deeply for your visit... read more
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

So true my friend. You are welcome sir....
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"all sang her song

in one voice or another.



From Hypatia to Sojourner Truth;

from Nat Turner to Huey Newton;

from Lenin to Bob Avakian"

Posted 1 Month Ago


"Nina Simone sang “Feeling Good”

a new dawn, a new day

flew from the notes

as the melody caught fire

in human desire."

Posted 1 Month Ago


What a brilliant inspirational poem you've written R. And who better than to use as that inspiration than Nina Simone. How can we argue with wanting 'a new dawn, a new day' but as you have suggested the road can be rocky. Our lord's and masters cling onto their power. You've covered such a wide range of all sorts of people and I don't know them all.
We can dream, but the promised land won't come come unaided.
Well done for sharing your dream.
All the best
Alan


Posted 1 Month Ago


redzone

1 Month Ago

thanks you Alan, for your visit and for your words... I am glad you enjoyed this poem... it's ironic.. read more
alanwgraham

1 Month Ago

Great thoughts! And thanks.
Alan

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