Here is a poem that I wrote in honor of Dr. D.’s Birthday.
G.G: Dr. D,
How u doing.
Dr. D: Hey, G.
I’m doing well, you know me
just trying to stay in shape.
G:G: Stay in shape!!!
You are already in shape.
I don’t know that many
people your age who are
as ripped as you.
Stop it bobo.
G:G: So, I just wanted to reach out
and wish you a happy birthday today.
Dr. D: Oh, G, thank you.
G.G.: I just wanted to let you know
how much I missed you and to let
you know that I think about you a lot.
Dr. D: Thank you G, thank you
but let’s change the topic before
you get me in tears.
G.G: Get you in tears, you already
have me in tears…..OK, let’s move on.
So have you been resting
like I told you the other day!!!
Dr. D: To be honest,
There is no such thing as resting
Everyday there is something to do.
I will say that the Workaholic Anonymous
classes that you mentioned to me
about have been fun.
I have met great and wonderful people.
The first day in class,
I sat next to Frederick Douglas,
we were talking about history
and the current state of the U.S.
The other day I talked to MLK
and we were talking about Obama.
Although, he is happy to see him be
the commander in chief, he has been
disappointed in Obama’s first two years.
MLK really wanted Obama to make a
statement in his decision against the
Afghanistan war. As a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate,
MLK wanted Obama to stop deploying soldiers
to Afghanistan and to use his Nobel Peace Prize
to call for an end to military occupation in Iraq and
Afghanistan. MLK feels that as long as there is a war,
the Defense budget will continue to increase while lawmakers
will make drastic cuts to the social service resources aimed at
the people being affected by the current economic crisis.
G.G: Dr. D. I can see MLK has not missed a beat. He is
keeping it real. I agree 100% with MLK. Many of us were upset that
Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize and didn’t use
the opportunity to bring an end to the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan. I don’t understand how a Nobel Peace
Prize recipient can continue to drag an unjust war. It just doesn’t
make sense to me.
I understand what you’re saying,
but he can’t change Washington overnight. I am
disappointed too. But, understand that the machine
is bigger than he is so if he is going to change Washington,
you and the folks in the streets are going to have to get
organized and put pressure on Capital Hill.
Obama can’t do it by himself.
I have been disappointed in many of his decisions
but I think its important that people pay close attention
to this election year as well. If the Republicans win the majority
in the Senate and the House, that is a huge blow to
whatever changes were in store. I mean, the damage will be huge.
You can forget about comprehensive immigration reform.
I was talking to Huey Newton and Malcolm X
and they were saying that
the economic crisis
that’s been going on in the
United Snakes of AmeriKKKa
as they like to say it,
is a good start for the people to
take matters into their own hands
and start organizing every neighborhood
and every community in the country.
They feel the current economic crisis
along with unemployment rising
are vital signs that Capitalism
has hit is very lowest point.
They feel the only way to fix the system
is revolutionizing the system.
They say that lawmakers will never understand
the true impact on the working class citizens’.
They felt that the democrats should have taken advantage
of their political power and invested a lot in education,
health care, the working poor and providing everyone
with housing not just those who lost their house to foreclosure
but the millions who are homeless and dying in the streets.
But the democrats didn’t and look at the people now;
disillusioned with this election year and
not having any trust in the democrats.
Huey and Malcolm wished Americans had the balls
to take to the streets just the same way French people
have paralyze their whole country.
G.G.: I agree with Huey and Malcolm,
If we were truly organized,
we would turn this country upside down.
I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what
will it take for Americans to say, YA BASTA!!!
I feel we are all scattered fighting our struggles.
I long for the day when we start our
Social Justice Movement and paralyze this country.
Dr. D., that day will come, I just don’t know when.
I’m just trying to do my part
to live in a more just society
where the poorest of the poor
will be respected and will
be treated with dignity.
Dr. D, one day our struggle
will bear its fruits.
Only time will tell.
On another note, have you talked to Gandhi,
Victor Jara, or Ali Primera?
Dr. D: Not a lot. Everyone over here
is very busy.
They are still very involved
in what they couldn’t finish.
Gandhi did tell me that he notice
that you started blogging and that you
named your blog after one of his
He was happy to see that.
He says that his Talisman is of no use
if people and especially the world leaders
and the wealthy people don’t put it to practice.
Victor Jara and Ali
Primera are doing great.
They continue to play beautiful music.
You should hear the music that
they have been working on.
Victor has a new version of his
Cancion del Minero,
Inspired by the Chilean Miners.
G, you would love this song.
He unleashes at the San Esteban Company
and sings about the working conditions
of the miners not only in Chile
but throughout the world.
I’m telling you, this is Victor Jara at its best.
G.G: Dr. D, I wished I could listen to the song.
I can only imagine the beautiful and inspiring songs
that Victor Jara and Ali Primera have composed.
Dr. D., have u had the chance to talk to Pablo Neruda.
Dr. D.: Yeah, I just saw Pablo Neruda the other day.
He is doing great.
Pablo Neruda is a genius.
His poetry keeps getting better.
is sad at what’s going
on in Congo.
He says he didn’t fight for the liberation
so that soldiers would be raping women
and child soldiers would be recruited in a
war that is only bringing more tragedy
and dividing their fellow countrymen.
Sorry for cutting it short
but I got to go,
G.G. Dr. D
Its my pleasure.
I hope you have a
great day and remember
We all miss you.
You have definitely
made an impact in all of us.
Just to let you know that
your spirit remains present
In our lives.
We love you, Bobo.
Dr. D.: Thank you bobo,
Tell everyone that I feel
their love and I’m very honor.
G.G. Ok, I will. We’ll be in touch.
Dr.D. Ok, we will. Take care
Kekenewe simbabele bobo (laughing).
G.G. (laughing) take care Kekenewe.
I love and miss you, Dr. D.