Rev. Pinkney reads "Affirmation" by Assata Shakur (1:56)

6/12/16
“Affirmation” by Assata Shakur*
 
I believe in living.
I believe in the spectrum
of Beta days and Gamma people.
I believe in sunshine.
In windmills and waterfalls,
tricycles and rocking chairs.
And I believe that seeds grow into sprouts.
And sprouts grow into trees.
I believe in the magic of the hands.
And in the wisdom of the eyes.
I believe in rain and tears.
And in the blood of infinity.
 
I believe in life.
And I have seen the death parade
march through the torso of the earth,
sculpting mud bodies in its path.
I have seen the destruction of the daylight,
and seen bloodthirsty maggots
prayed to and saluted.
 
I have seen the kind become the blind
and the blind become the bind
in one easy lesson.
I have walked on cut glass.
I have eaten crow and blunder bread
and breathed the stench of indifference.
 
I have been locked by the lawless.
Handcuffed by the haters.
Gagged by the greedy.
And, if I know any thing at all,
it’s that a wall is just a wall
and nothing more at all.
It can be broken down.
 
I believe in living.
I believe in birth.
I believe in the sweat of love
and in the fire of truth.
 
And I believe that a lost ship,
steered by tired, seasick sailors,
can still be guided home
to port.

 

 

 

Tags: Affirmation, Assata Shakur, Poetry