A Word from the Cripples (repeated and shared)

A child simply and eloquently states the meaning behind school cuts, replacing the arts with expensive testing, and school closings. Please share and re-post her insights.
Prepare to feel what is an everyday reality.

A Word from the Cripples

by Siduri Beckman (posted June 13, 2013)

I’ve got something
to say.
It won’t take long
Just as long as it took you
to snatch everything away
One fourth of the body is
the leg
You have crippled us
Cursing us to hobble
all of our lives.
I cannot run
on just
one leg.
Rip song
off of our tongues
to find songs are not Velcro but flesh
Snap the bows of the violins
in case the students could ever get the idea
that music
is alive
Because then you would have blood on your hands.
God forbid.
You see us as a problem
the classic class problem
INNER CITY streaked like mud across our faces
they’re all on the street anyway.
But leeches don’t suck out the disease
just the lifeblood.
I am angry
But I will not stoop
and hurt you
As you have hurt me
Thrusting fear
into our hearts
Why make us feel
so small
Forgotten by the people
whose duty it is to remember
Turn your back on your city
that chose not to choose
Because they feared
and now do all fears dawn true.
Bust the beehive
We will come out
In droves of wasps
We sting and live
to sting again
We will show ourselves to be
as formidable a foe
as all of those frackers
who you refuse to tax.
But you have also forgot
all of those ink marks slashed
with no faces or hopes or dreams or blood or flesh
Dismiss us
We cannot vote.
But in this country
we can speak.

lost child

Siduri Beckman is a ninth-grader at Julia R. Masterman School. She is the city of Philadelphia’s first Youth Poet Laureate. She “felt like it was part of my job and my duty as a Masterman student to write a poem protesting the school budget cuts.”

Thanks to philly.com for publishing this and to Diane Ravitch for posting this.




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