February 3: “He Has to Go,” a poem

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He Has to Go

He is elected but he has to go;
We’ll bribe and undermine, destabilize:
We maim and mutilate a nation’s soul.

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We back the profits from the telephones.
Some men may disappear, we realize,
But he’s elected and he has to go.

Some torture here, some torture there, we hone
Our skills and bury those who organize:
We maim and mutilate a nation’s soul.

We want a strong man, one we can control;
The corporate profits can’t be jeopardized:
He is elected but he has to go.

This radical would change the status quo
If he resists, we’ll have to mobilize;
He was elected but he had to go:
We maim and mutilate a nation’s soul.

~Day Williams Day Aussie hat 2mb

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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 1973 file photo, a boy pushes a bicycle across a deserted street as an army tank moves towards La Moneda presidential palace during a coup against President Salvador Allende's government, after which Gen. Augusto Pinochet seized power, in Santiago, Chile. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, Chile marks the 40th anniversary of the coup. (AP Photo/File)
FILE – In this Sept. 11, 1973 file photo, a boy pushes a bicycle across a deserted street as an army tank moves towards La Moneda presidential palace during a coup against President Salvador Allende’s government, after which Gen. Augusto Pinochet seized power, in Santiago, Chile. On Sept. 11, 2016, Chile will mark the 43rd anniversary of the coup. (AP Photo/File)

 

October 24: Madam And The Rent Man – Poem by Langston Hughes

Madam And The Rent Man – Poem by Langston Hughes

The rent man knocked.
He said, Howdy-do?
I said, What
Can I do for you?
He said, You know
Your rent is due.

I said, Listen,
Before I’d pay
I’d go to Hades
And rot away!

The sink is broke,
The water don’t run,
And you ain’t done a thing
You promised to’ve done.

Back window’s cracked,
Kitchen floor squeaks,
There’s rats in the cellar,
And the attic leaks.

He said, Madam,
It’s not up to me.
I’m just the agent,
Don’t you see?

I said, Naturally,
You pass the buck.
If it’s money you want
You’re out of luck.

He said, Madam,
I ain’t pleased!
I said, Neither am I.
So we agrees!