Speak truth to power,
Vividly—create a new lucid dream
For the giant that is asleep.
The giant already dreams of the world:
A forest of mute trees waiting
To be felled for the giant's benefit.
The meek shall not remain
If we continue lining the giant's coffers with gold,
It will continue to line our beef with cancerous hormones,
Our fruits and plants with poisonous mutated genes.
Washington, Lincoln, Jackson and Franklin speak
The giant's language;
A language Baldwin, King, Lorde
Could not speak as fluently, despite their mastery of words.
A poor man speaks truth
And is denounced as a fool.
A rich man speaks truth
And is heralded as a prophet.
A woman speaks truth and is burned as a witch.
An academic distorts the truth
And is praised as a sage.
Such is the world
In the giant's lucid dream:
Human lives are negative integers;
Populations are imaginary figures;
Starving children are reduced to lines on a graph;
Destitute men and sheltered women
Are shaded areas in a pie chart.
This is the reality of the world
In which we live!--
Within a giant's lucid dream
Words = Life
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