Because In Essence, I Already Am

Occupy Wall Street

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Natalie W writes at Capricious Yet Constant:

My heart beats again, for the first time ever on that Wall Street, I am staying warm with shared spoken dreams of wresting control from corporate personhoods. In energy form across 800 miles, I am building new relationships while dissembling the hyper0consumerist hegemony. My face aches from my exhausted grin-muscles, locking blue eyes with the cute anarchist boy over our bandanas-turned-outlawed-face-masks. Beside us, all of the disillusioned, the downtrodden, and the poor, we who make up these huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of this debt-teemed inland shores, all tempest-tossed, all block -lettering our found-cardboard signs.

I know other protests are coming, that this Native American summer’s chill is our Arab Spring. There is too much unrest in our bones: too many with too little crushed by too many with too much.

This human electricity cackles along my nerves like the wind through the Midwest cornfields.

In the cold sodium vapor glinting off of the bull, I would be home.

I should be occupying but I’m preoccupied here by this weight, this loss. Lying in this too-big bed, I can’t even move to kayak ORD & LGA flights this weekend. I feel my optimism deserting me down an alleyway, leaving me standing in the dark. The change I wish to see in the world can barely pull on pajama bottoms. I’ve made unbreakable lines, I’ve walked as a slut, I’ve raged against Chicago Public Schools, I’ve demanded an end to the wars. The comradeship of 1960s battle reenactments fruitlessly sought for in this individualistic world dissipates, like tear gas, after the protesters go home to their Wal-Marts and unlivable-wage jobs. The hegemony still reigns down …

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  • Guest

    Is this a fucking joke? What is this?

  • Guest

    Is this a fucking joke? What is this?

    • aaroncynic

      Reports on movements are great, and spreading a message is awesome. But someone writing what they know, what they feel, to be be a part of something is just as important. Seeing beyond the veil of talking points or on the ground accounts not only humanizes political perspectives, it opens a window to the type of conversations that all people should have to make the world a better place.

  • SCHMN

    a poor man’s Hakim Bey. No need to wax poetically…..just be sincere, me lady, and fuck all the naysay. 

  • SCHMN

    a poor man’s Hakim Bey. No need to wax poetically…..just be sincere, me lady, and fuck all the naysay. 

    • Guest

      Sometimes, poetry and sincerity can actually be the same thing.

  • Guest

    Sometimes, poetry and sincerity can actually be the same thing.

  • Anonymous

    I appreciate what you have written here…..I too can feel a renewed sense of hope..this time not hope invested in a figure but hope reinvested in ourselves as agents of change and in control of our own collective destiny

  • MoralDrift

    I appreciate what you have written here…..I too can feel a renewed sense of hope..this time not hope invested in a figure but hope reinvested in ourselves as agents of change and in control of our own collective destiny

  • Anonymous

    Reports on movements are great, and spreading a message is awesome. But someone writing what they know, what they feel, to be be a part of something is just as important. Seeing beyond the veil of talking points or on the ground accounts not only humanizes political perspectives, it opens a window to the type of conversations that all people should have to make the world a better place.

  • Mr Willow

    “I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

  • Mr Willow

    “I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

  • Anonymous

    ………………I can’t believe….My best friend’s mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $5487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here CashMany.com ….is this possible???

  • Sangproductions183

    The media are saying these protests have no clear demands… As citizens, I think its pretty clear what we all want and it boils down to two predominant things.

    RESPECT & ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Sangproductions183

    The media are saying these protests have no clear demands… As citizens, I think its pretty clear what we all want and it boils down to two predominant things.

    RESPECT & ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Sangproductions183

    The media are saying these protests have no clear demands… As citizens, I think its pretty clear what we all want and it boils down to two predominant things.

    RESPECT & ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Sangproductions183

    The media are saying these protests have no clear demands… As citizens, I think its pretty clear what we all want and it boils down to two predominant things.

    RESPECT & ACCOUNTABILITY

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