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.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Reflections (Marlon D Bourque-Lafayette, LA)
Beneath shadows of national monument skies,
lay a vast stitch-work of memorialized creativity.
Some experience pain, but only few cries.
others fear, indifference or sensitivity.
Tears, joy, rage, and some compassion,
such are varied reasons to invite grief.
Yet complacency, denial, inaction,
are some obstacles preventing relief.
Such ornate, individualized symbols,
reflect a single unifying strength.
Three by five uniquely sewn panels,
artistically memorialized at great length.
Letters of should-haves, great times, good-byes,
sentimental relics of personal meaning shared.
Asking mommy, “ Why was he so young ?, no chance to give life a try,
as a child innocently touches the hand-crafted bear.
Puzzling tears grace the once untouched masculine face,
while two women comfortingly embrace in one accord.
Somber stares, loneliness, suffering from lost mates,
sharing with onlookers, their experiences of times before.
Candlelight procession, symbolic, surrounding the White House,
protest of voice, 1500 strong, for the cause.
Once in place, through effective leadership and discourse,
turn or backs to governmental bureaucracy, a must because.
Executive branch, Reagan supposedly representing people,
remains inactive to this epidemic destroying our nation.
Out of touch, insensitive, reasons but a couple,
create stigma, unrest, ignorance and speculation.
In a battle for the long haul, great pain endured,
remembrances, “ The Quilt “ … a labor in love secured.