Occupy Is an Invitation

Occupy Is an Invitation

a poem by Occupy supporter, Toni Spencer


It’s 3.43 in the morning and I can’t sleep…

I am woken by a Mic check
[Mic check]

“This is just the beginning.
Occupy is a process”

Mic check
[Mic check]

“Slow it down,
the issues of our times are urgent.
Slow it down,
Your attention is needed.

Occupy is an invitation
To wake up

Join us

Occupy is an invocation
To wake up

We the people
Are the ones we’ve been waiting for

We have lost our faith in the leadership of government and big business
We have found our faith in each other

We have found our humanity in the beauty
and the clumsiness that is Occupy
We are finding our way.
Occupy is a process.

We the people
Are so many more than you see here today.
And we the people
Are a voice for all peoples and beings who have no voice

Occupy is process
Occupy is community
Occupy is an invitation
To wake up

Occupy is an invitation
To wake up

To be the change we want to see in this world
To be the courage that asks questions
To be the patience that takes time to find answers
The be the hearts not prepared to wait any longer
for the madness to end.

Occupy is an invitation
for love
made visible

For humanity
To wake up
To wake up
Join us.”

Toni Spencer

*It really was 3.43 am when I turned the computer back on to write this, so probably about 3.23 when the words woke me up, running through my mind the night after the eviction verdict came in for St Pauls camp. And I give a bow to Drew Dellinger’s fantastic poem Hieroglyphic Stairway that begins ‘It’s 3.23 in the morning, and I can’t sleep, because my great great grandchildren ask me in dreams “what did you do when the world was unravelling?”’ If you don’t know it, google it.  Toni

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One Comment on “Occupy Is an Invitation”

  1. Toni
    January 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Ta George!

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