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April 2014

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To Wail for the Whales

To Wail for the Whales
by Reza Clifton

They say the whales 
Are losing their hearing
And I don’t know what to do.

You see
Wind is not just something 
You feel on your face
But also something you see

From dress lines,
Strands of hair
And animals
Flying and thrashing
In the air.

To something you hear
like the thud of heavy objects
Unfastened from their homes

To a whistle
Scratching sound barriers 
And reminding us 
Of its existence
And might. 

They say the whales 
Are losing their hearing
And I don’t know what to do.

They speak and move
Through the language of sound
Much like I do.

Percussion, bass 
And always something new
Or a hand clap,
Muted trumpet
Or perfectly held C note. 

I rock, I crave, I follow
I ingest, digest and regurgitate sound.
My ears a harpoon 
Constantly spearing and retrieving
A melodic encounter
Or sonic memory. 

I dream, I talk, I build my future
Through music
And I use her to thwart
Enemies that live
Inside and out.

I cower and crumble
Even now
At the thought of it disappearing
Or being taken from me.

They say the whales 
Are losing their hearing
And I don’t know what to do. 

Do we fight, plead 
Or run away? 

Do we let greed, assimilation
And the arrogance 
Of the past
Lead us into
The arms of the devil?

I wail for the whales
I look to the world

Yet I also thank
The longing and dedication
Cast as a net
That will collect
One eye and ear at a time
Just as I’ve been caught,  

For I
Can tell
you this

The whales
Are losing
Their hearing

And we have 
To do 
something. 

The question is
What
Are we ready 
To
Undo?

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My calendar has been full of teaching, speaking, listening, reading, writing, sharing, securing, releasing and loving…

And there’s more coming up.

Join me by finding/friending/following me on FB and Twitter, @rezaclif and @3amblack; on Instagram, @3amblack; and at VenusSings.com and AmbitiousBlackFeminist.com.

Sunshine and laughter,
Reza Rites / Venus Sings / DJ Reza Wreckage

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