Are You Happy

Life isn’t about being polite

because wrong is wrong

and right is right

and if you have to fight

don’t fight for the oppressor

and don’t fight for the aggressor

and use art as your weapon

use your words nuclearly

use your music chemically

and dance biologically

by the light of the moon

and soon you will see

that you can use your mind to find

all of the keys you need for victory

because the one thing more powerful

than a trillion dollar arsenal

is an empowered peasantry

thinking critically

no more ‘wait and see’

no need fancy degrees

teach your children to ask

who, what, where, how, & why

and it’s fine to draw outside the lines

and it’s ok to be wrong

and it’s ok to sing entire songs out of tune

and it’s ok to howl at the moon

and it’s ok to cry

and baby, don’t be afraid to die

because one day we all will

but that it’s never ok to spill

the blood of an innocent human being

no matter what the men in suits and ties might tell you

no matter what the newsmen might try to sell you

war has never been about freedom

or democracy

it is has only ever been about

commodities

and you are not a commodity

and I am not a commodity

and they are not commodities

and the earth is not a commodity

and the only thing we absolutely need is love

and food

so, take the gloves off and fight

stand up for what’s right

and don’t ever be afraid

when the lights go out

or if you lose a bout or two

or three

or four

and no, you don’t need to keep paying for the war

and you don’t need to keep locking your door

and you don’t need to look at yourself as poor

and you don’t need to keep wanting more and more

and even one death should shake you to the core

you don’t need to keep betraying humanity

by remaining silent

and you don’t need to respond to violence

by being violent

just go with your gut

and listen to your heart

and that’ll be a pretty good place to start

and why study economics

if your true love is art?

and why weigh the horse down

with an overfilled cart

when you don’t need anything in the cart

and you never really wanted it to begin with

you just got it because you thought it would make you happy…

and are you happy?

About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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