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Let Us Occupy

A different way of viewing the Occupy Wall Street movement



Let us occupy the hearts of our enemies

and take the streets of their minds,

so they will follow us to the places they’ve forgotten.

Let us occupy their hair so they can feel

the fierce wind and foul weather blowing

and know the storms coming to our lives.

Let us occupy their skin so they will feel

the heat and stand on the parched land

and with us pray for the green radiance of the earth.

Let us occupy their eyes so they can see

the changing moon lift the tides

on the beaches we love and want to keep.

Let us occupy their blood and bring their spirits

to that place where borders disappear

and where differences are celebrated.

Let us occupy their stomachs and share

the food we’ve grown together,

and learn, at last, no one is hungry.

Let us occupy their greed so they will know

how little they have when they’re alone

in their homes with only gold.

Let us occupy their imaginations

so they can see the Wall Streets of the World

and the Main Streets are gardens forever blooming.

Let us occupy the word war so it is not spoken

and all of us are rich with laughter and song

because the sun is shining.

Let us occupy their tomorrow and watch

the rising sun bring dawn on a world

where no one is oppressed.

Let them join us in all the parks and streets

where the police and soldiers put down their guns

and they occupy this world with us in peace.

Yes, let us occupy the hearts of our enemies--

their hair, their skin, their blood, their eyes,

their stomachs, their spirits and be one.

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