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.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Broken Bridge (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

bridge is broken
eyes closed the openness of sight
ice blocks dying from the heat
shadows running across the clock
daggers dulled by apathy
an ad for yesterday’s bread
let freedom bend its limbs
let the child cry
in the closet he calls
in the basement is an apple core
near the old school with the crippled roof
singing love songs to a vase
a Tuesday with no wind
a jar of molasses on a truck bed:
honeybee wings forgotten in a mailbox
they expect more than fresh footprints
bridge is empty
bridge is empty

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