Tuesday, May 23, 2006

On a quiet day

Here, so close to the roar of the big machine it is sometimes difficult to hear.

But you might have sensed it in Piazza san Maggiore on May Day, there by the inscription for communists who resisted. Especially on this May Day past, when media monopolists are not quite so invincible after all.

Echoes sometimes travel across water. Stand on the shore today. Cup your hand to your ear like a seashell. Beyond the gull-cry, perhaps you will hear rumour of people done with shadows.

It was there in 1975, every step of that long road from Te Hapua to Wellington.

It is in France. Certainly Pierre Labeyrie would recognise that sound.

And albeit flawed and incomplete in its expression (let alone the execution), it is here too.

Another world is possible
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

27 Comments:

Blogger dove said...

So, where have you seen it lately?

5/23/2006 9:49 pm  
Blogger DuctapeFatwa said...

I saw it in the march I attended, in the eyes of the people, in the sea of white.

And I saw it especially when I realized that the crowd was so large, if the people had wanted to, they could have completely swept that shopping mall clean. They could have torn it down.

The only thing the popo could have done would have been to bomb the entire neighborhood.

And not one person in that crowd, with so many young people, young men, laid a finger on that mall, no one even tagged a wall, and as the sun began to set, and the crowd dissipated, some stayed behind, bidden to do so by no one, and they swept the parking lot, and the surrounding streets.

5/23/2006 10:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw it in a hallway of a high school. The walls of the hallway were lined with students artwork. Most were of sunsets, or rock bands, soldiers, American flags, fashion models, and beach scenes.
But in one work of art I saw a sunrise. An awakening of a young mind...the future I hoped. It was a picture of Bush, superimposed on a picture of Hitler. It was a brave statement of truth, standing alone in a sea of American ignorance, intellectual laziness, and complacency. That this art was permitted to hang in a school, in a conservative town, is a small sunrise in itself. But what blinded me with light was the name attached to the work. It was Justin. The name we gave to our first child on the occasion of his first sunrise.

:o)

5/24/2006 3:42 am  
Anonymous supersoling said...

The above comment is mine Dove. Sorry not to sign my name to it.

5/24/2006 3:43 am  
Blogger dove said...

No problem supersoling -- it's the spirit not the letter.

Your son sounds like someone to be hugely proud of.

5/25/2006 12:06 am  
Blogger Nanette said...

This is lovely, dove. Like windchimes heard in the distance.

Where lately? All over, really. Echoes traveling across the water, bouncing back across the mountains, through the deserts and then back across the water, only to start all over again - moving faster each time.

I see it in the marches here, and in the work that goes on behind the scenes. In the countries that, while far from perfect, are seeking fairer policie, economic and otherwise. In schools that are refusing to give up on children, even if someone has designated them as 'failed'.

Lots of little things... perhaps when the echo moves so fast that it becomes just one solid sound, we'll have a big thing.

5/25/2006 3:25 am  
Blogger dove said...

Thanks Nanette,

I think you put me in mind of Arundhati Roy. Also, I just wanted to say that I loved your most recent post

5/25/2006 11:50 pm  
Blogger Nanette said...

Thanks, dove.

Yes, I mentioned her saying in one of the threads. I was just realizing today that she is one of those people who I only know snippets about. Not a lot beyond the saying, and a couple of articles I've read. Well, besides the basics... where she is from and all that.

Not that it matters much, or anything, it just struck me as odd, considering that she penned one of my favorite sayings.

5/26/2006 3:44 am  
Blogger dove said...

A friend gave me a collection of her essays called "Power Politics" -- they are just amazing.

5/26/2006 4:30 pm  
Blogger DuctapeFatwa said...

...perhaps when the echo moves so fast that it becomes just one solid sound, we'll have a big thing...

Nanette, this is an exquisite expression of my secret hope, my near-constant prayer, that that soft little echo of surprise will somehow miraculously and gently obliterate that perfect storm of an oily convergence that no longer looms, but now hurtles...

5/27/2006 2:28 am  
Blogger Nanette said...

Mine too, Ductape.

In relation to this (and the immigration debate and so on) I've been doing some thinking about (and so far shallow reading about) MLK's Poor People's Campaign... which he laid out and started in March, I think it was, of 1968. (The next month they shot him.)

I think something like this - international, fully articulated just what it is about and who it is for, is what we need right now. I haven't read the specifics or anything, but am not sure they matter right at the moment. What's important is to somehow encourage a sense of "this is for me too" type feeling and trust in the disparate groups of people who simply must come together.

Of course, I haven't a clue how to accomplish that ;). Yet.

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