,It takes a beast to know a beast,
and that’s just what I’ve become.
With fangs and a hunched back,
even a limp,
I carry weighted words now,
heavy with anger and embarrassment.
I’m writing from the inside,
and it’s dark in here, I tell you.
But I feel the same as everyone else.
I know it’s no different,
alone, helpless and scared.
So I lash out with the best of them.
We toss criticism and loud howls
into the empty night.
We are no different!
I just wonder how long it will take
for us all to notice this.
Why can’t we all see that?
The small steps we make to fix one another
go a long way.
Much, much more than we all realize.
So when the authorities come
with their worker mobs
of greed and success,
the type they’ve been trying to sell here
with no takers.
Can we ban together?
For the state in which we reside
is a product of their doing,
and it’s time for a change.
For we are creatures
of majestic beauty
chained to their cold and muddy cages.
It is us who have the numbers!
With hearts big enough
to swallow this whole land.
And compassion that could birth
the love and new ideas necessary
to move on from this way
of doing things.
(Laugh) It’s funny.
Because in order to make the change,
you yourself have to actually believe
that it’s possible.
And being the way we are,
we have no place in their world.
that is done.
A new flag is rising,
a call to action has been sent out.
The time has come for you to become more than a number.
It’s time to realize
your true beauty
and the potential
your loving heart
carries around with it
each and every day.
- Ian Morris, Founder of Wake Magazine
from Parking Lot Manuscripts, released January 31, 2013
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