The Louisiana Social Pledge

We pledge our allegiance to Louisiana. We will embrace what makes us and our state unique. Louisiana will be recognized as a leader and innovator of the New South. Many great leaders of the future will come from this state. And we will show both the media and politicians that we are smarter than them. We will no longer have our resources exhausted and our people used and left behind. We will work hard and play hard. We will protect each other. We will support each other. We pledge that we will do whatever we can to get these things in motion right now. We will no longer wait for a path to be cleared for us. We will clear the path ourselves. And we ain’t giving up easily. We will socialize in the real world just as well as we do on the internet…in hopes to organize ourselves effectively.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Yoruba Ode to My Father (Rachel Jackson-Lafayette, LA)

Father of children, students, and words
you are a coach in training.
You value beauty lost to the masses.
The masses value order you dismiss.
Son of the farmer, the seamstress, the fields
you chose the ladder of knowledge.
Yet you have labored to fill our bellies.
You carve stone to make bread.
The archive of facts held in your head
is too vast for even the bookshelves.
The tower of papers inside your household
rises to meet the rooftop.
You are a destroyer of neatness.
Maker of feasts that enlighten the palette
Drinker of liquors that confuse large horses.
Hider of bottles in expert locations.
You are a lover of sadness.
You are a fisher of songs.
To my childish eyes you bring understanding
of music and laughter and living.
But the hardships of life
have melted you down.
A wooden spoon now stirs you.
You are a curious soup.

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