They taught us that the only way
to nonviolently resist
is to compliantly persist ,
to exist in silence and burn candles
while they burn villages,
to wave banners
while they waive human rights.
DO NOT BOYCOTT
DO NOT DIVEST
DO NOT FIGHT
Just light another candle
while another bullet you bought
enters another innocent chest.
They taught us about Dr. King’s dream
but it didn’t seem important to them
to show us his letter from Birmingham jail
and they failed to mention
the sermons he gave against the war
and how, when he was killed,
he was campaigning for the poor.
They told us we were Christians
but their Jesus Christ is filled with hate,
somehow it’s lost on them
that he gave his life nonviolently
resisting the state.