Imagine it. A radio playing
& everyone here was crazy.
I liked it & danced in a circle.
Music pours over the sense
& in a funny way
music sees more than I.
I mean it remembers better;
remembers the first night here.
It was the strangled cold of November;
even the stars were strapped in the sky
& that moon too bright
forking through the bars to stick me
with a singing in the head.
I have forgotten all the rest.
M U S I C S W I M S
B A C K T O M E
"Maybe we should not have humored them when they asked to live on reservations. Maybe we should have said, No, come join us. Be citizens along with the rest of us."
(Bad)Acting President Ronald Reagan during a trip to Moscow, when a student asked about US treatment of Native Americans
"Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views, that place must, at that moment, become the center of the universe."
Elie Weisel, Nobel Prize laureate, survivor, author
"I hold a beast, an angel, & a madman in me, & my enquiry is as to their working, & my problem is their subjugation & victory, downthrow & upheaval, & my effort is their self-expression."
Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas
A U.S. Army captain tells "Rolling Stone" magazine,
"Rock & Roll music contributes to both the usage of drugs & the high VD rate among listed men in the army today."
"Reader, suppose you were an idiot. & suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. "
Mark Twain: Manuscript note, c.1882.
1982 -- Acting President Reagan is asked if he'll be visiting the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
"I can't tell until somebody tells me," he says,
"I never know where I'm going."
1988 -- US: John Cage's reading 'On Anarchism' at the Cooper Union in New York, November 9th, 1988.
"...We have no need for imaginary mountain ranges between separate nations."
=Imagination knows no limits=
=Freedom knows no walls=
"We walked through the border. On both sides the guard towers were empty & the barbed wire was shoved aside in great piles. Large signs told us that we needed sets of car documents. The East German guard asked if we had documents. I handed him my Danish cat's vaccination documents, in Danish. He waved us through."
"Fall of the Wall"
[1989 -- Germany: Berlin Wall comes tumbling down, signaling end of half- century-long Cold War. Wall opens in response to nonviolent action.]
"We have a better-than-zero chance of successfully intercepting, I believe, an inbound warhead."
Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering III, director of the United States Missile Defense, July 2005http://tinypic.com/fk5k03.jpg
The hand that signed the paper felled a city;
Five sovereign fingers taxed the breath,
Doubled the globe of dead & halved a country;
These five kings did a king to death.
The mighty hand leads to a sloping shoulder,
The finger joints are cramped with chalk;
A goose's quill has put an end to murder
That put an end to talk.
The hand that signed the treaty bred a fever,
& famine grew, & locusts came;
Great is the hand the holds dominion over
Man by a scribbled name.
The five kings count the dead but do not soften
The crusted wound nor pat the brow;
A hand rules pity as a hand rules heaven;
Hands have no tears to flow.