Mic Check poem from Occupy Eugene


MIC CHECK POEM
by Samuel J. Rutledge

Mic check

MIC CHECK!

Mic Check!

MIC CHECK!

I would like

I WOULD LIKE

to echo

TO ECHO

your thoughts.

YOUR THOUGHTS.

I want your voice

I WANT YOUR VOICE

to flow

TO FLOW

through me

THROUGH ME

like I

LIKE I

was you.

WAS YOU.

When I speak

WHEN I SPEAK

I hope

I HOPE

you hear me

YOU HEAR ME

with your heart

WITH YOUR HEART

but also

BUT ALSO

with your voice.

WITH YOUR VOICE.

There is something

THERE IS SOMETHING

fundamental

FUNDAMENTAL

about what

ABOUT WHAT

we are trying

WE ARE TRYING

to do:

TO DO:

to crystallize

TO CRYSTALLIZE

our ideas

OUR IDEAS

into repeatable

INTO REPEATABLE

lines

LINES

to speak

TO SPEAK

our common minds,

OUR COMMON MINDS,

to listen

TO LISTEN

to ideas

TO IDEAS

different from our own

DIFFERENT FROM OUR OWN

and to speak them

AND TO SPEAK THEM

in reverence.

IN REVERENCE.

To love

TO LOVE

is to listen.

IS TO LISTEN.

To speak

TO SPEAK

is to listen.

IS TO LISTEN.

I long

I LONG

to listen

TO LISTEN

to you.

TO YOU.

It takes trust

IT TAKES TRUST

to let voice

TO LET VOICE

give voice

GIVE VOICE

to voice.

TO VOICE.

It takes trust

IT TAKES TRUST

to build

TO BUILD

a better world.

A BETTER WORLD.

Mic check!

MIC CHECK!

Mic check!

MIC CHECK!

Mic check!

MIC CHECK!

People’s mic

PEOPLE’S MIC

in full effect.

IN FULL EFFECT.

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