Poet Laureate Inaugural Address.  SF Main Library

January 27th 2013

DANCING WITH WORDS************************

There are poets who like
To dance with words
Dance for favors and  illusionary
Poetry careers
But dancing for an audience
Isn’t like feeling the  rhythm
That rubs up against the soul
Odetta, Buffy Saint-Marie
Phil Ochs, Woody  Guthrie,
Pete Seeger Billy Bragg
Were living proof of  this
Money pigeonholes
Power corrupts
The spiritual truth
The scriptures tell us this
The true poet knows this
Stands tall above
The dancing with word poets
Who are little more than
Instruments of a poem  greater
Than themselves
Bar room revolution talk
Is little more than an exercise In  futility
Take it to the streets
Be like Walt Whitman Walk blood stained battlefields
Real and imagined
Tend to the spiritual wounds
Of your comrades
Be like the people of Egypt
Risking life and limb
For their beliefs
Be like the anonymous poets of  Poland
Who during the height
Of government tyranny
Tossed poems into the public  square
For the people to read
Giving them hope in desperate  times
Be like your sisters and  brothers
In the peoples struggle in  Wisconsin
Fighting for worker rights
Love them become one with  them
Shout your poems from  rooftops
In solidarity with them.
Whitman was the Heavyweight
Champion of poetry
Stood tall and fearless  among
The enemy
Which is never really man
But the poison in his soul
Pride envy lust for power
How can those inflicted
Write from the heart?
One column of media praise
Is of less value
Than a single tear drop on a  poem
From a waitress in a greasy
Road stop diner
The dancing with word poets
Dance a solo dance
In a bar room with no  jukebox
The true poet’s topic is  people
Not the poet.
a.d. winans 2/3/12
Photos: copyright a.d. winans 2013
A.D. Winans and Alejandro Murguia
 A.D. and Vargas
   Wilfredo Castano and A.D.
 Byron Spooner and A.D.
A.D and Francisco Alarcon

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