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.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

About Death (Louis Toliver Jr. - Swartz, LA)

Here I am sitting at another deathbed 
I've lost another friend to age and time
It's hard to not think about changes 
Ones we could of made, the ones I made 
I wish I could have certainty in this moment 
Death brings about so much fear, pain 
When we are born, no promises exist 
The timer is set and begins to tick away 
It would be unreasonable, rather tragic 
Obsessing over the ticking away, time loss 
Yet, that's exactly the pattern of loneliness 
This reality that how we've come, we leave 
So many us are living hoping to beat death 
Obsession, the friend whispering in you ear
Says there are ways to avoid struggle, lies
We are confused, death is not a struggle 
Death is the gateway with lock and key 
It is a different lock, and journey, from birth
The key, how we get to our end, is learned
Each vessel of struggle is designed different 
And at the gateway there are results waiting 
This is why the death is obsession, time 
The life lived determines the grand design 

Facing the Past (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)


Look into the mirror
Years are facing you
Have you been counting?
Not only the days
But also the mistakes
The pain you have left covered
Your heart wrapped in a blanket
No one moves forward with pity
What are we to make of failure?
What does success really look like?
Manifestatons of knowledge emerge
But all our trials are experimental
Insanity was often the result
Yet our past repeats

What We Have Gained (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

Among all that has been lost 
This is what we have gained: 
A destiny still on its course 
A horizon colorful as tomorrow
A future as bright as the stars 
A motivation to see an end 
An inspiration to become more 
An imitation of our decisions 
A reason to believe in a source 

Among all that has been lost 
We still have another day here 
We still have love to empower 
We still have souls to enrich 
We still have each other's hand 
We still have free verse to give 

With any loss comes knowledge 
For the idea of loss is a mirage 
Every breath is an opportunity 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lonely Fly (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

Am I just a fly on the wall?
Watching other lives be lived
I crave a connection
Desperation has me looking
Sometimes up high
Most times down low
But I am not satisfied with myself
So what exactly am I looking for?
Just a small fly on a big wall
Too lonely to fly away
No direction to go
Here I sit in this room waiting