The Activist Poem

(from “Queer 101”, a theater piece I wrote for HS students. The character, Chad, ends the piece with this poem)

You wanna be an Activist?

Change the World?

Be yourself — without apology and without shame,

walking hand in hand in public with the one you love

knowing that is a loving act of

Protest.

You want people to change?

Laws to change?

A global trasfromation into a shimmering butterfly society?

Then You must change,

be yourself

be Real

Knowing that the most powerful activists in the world

are those people

who are

unashamedly

Themselves.

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  1. Jennifer on February 15, 2005 at 5:47 pm Reply

    Yeah, I want to be an activist and change the world. Too bad I couldn’t do it all in a day or so. I want to go to political protests, UN summits, and talk to world leaders. I want to meet “The Hurricane” a.k.a. Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. I want to learn more about innocent people on death row. I want to learn how to keep the air, earth, and water clean so that people don’t keep getting cancers from things such as air pollution, fertilizers(?), and other environmental pollutants. I want to learn how to live forever so that I can see how my helping the world changes it in the long run. I want to get arrested for something that I strongly believe in, whether I agree or disagree about the specific issue. I want to do it all. I’m learning some from the wise ancient and modern muses of society. I’m learning how to stand up for something I believe in. I’m taking risks, and learning new things along the way.

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