Citizen’s United (A Poem)

Thursday, 20 September 2012 13:34 By Hakim Bellamy, Be-Side | Poem
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 Happy Birthday Occupy. You've changed me. Now, let's change our country.

If we kidnapped

THEIR children

They would find us

If we put guns


In the hands of those young

They would tag them

"Child soldiers"


But here

We prefer to leave them

Clinically depressed

And decorate them in marine


There is a name

For people who will take

The very bread

Off of our dinner table

And put it in their pocket


They are toast

Like champagne flutes

Are the new silvers spoon


Like what they will be

When the revolutions

And the riots

Catch up with them


Tomorrow morning

When humanity

Has the munchies

And eats presidential candidates

For breakfast


When their war chest

Can fill the holes

In our country's

Debt, deficit & addiction



They'd rather

Raise money

To argue about it

Than raise sleeves

To fix it


Politicians are NOT people too, Mitt



And they're not Jesus either, Barrack

If you remember

He ran the moneychangers out of the temple

Not into his cabinet


If you remember

He was Guantanamo's blueprint


He was no popularity contestant

He had no friend in the Pharaoh, Pharisees or FED

He told them

Where they could shove

Their opinion poll

And they hung him from it


Back in the day

When Romans used to lynch Jews

With perpendicular sticks


And you remember

They make sure you do


Cause from the dome of the United States Capitol

To the Pantheon bars of the White House


They gon' make sure that you know

Where Black people are supposed to live


Corinthian columns

At the halls of Congress

With no reparations

Or apologies


Depicting corn cobs

To symbolize

Our stolen bounty


Tobacco leaves

To symbolize

Our stolen "Help"


Our stolen wealth


If you remember

He did not run for office

He ran for his life


What ever happened?

To public servants

Instead of self-serving


When did it stop

Being about "We the People"


And start

Being about winning


When did the Catholic's

Social doctrine

And the athiest's

Social justice

Both translate to

"Go to Hell"?


Why do we wait for them?

For education

And elections


And then wonder

Wh we won't teach us

To elect ourselves


What if

Every lawn's

Campaign sign

Read "Peace"


What if

On November 6th

We'd agree


To agree


What if

I were to say

I'll only believe

In a government

That believes

In me


What if the citizens

Were really united

And each one of us



That I'd vote for me.

-For Rasheed and for Occupy

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Hakim Bellamy

As the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM (2012-2014), Hakim Bellamy is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico. His poetry has been published in Albuquerque inner-city buses and various anthologies. 

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