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Rage Against The Machine Frontman Issues Poem In Support Of Occupy Movement

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You know, I would never, ever dream of restricting anyone’s right to protest. Never. But this Occupy Wall Street stuff…I’m just seeing it making any sort of difference. At all.

What is it accomplishing? Call me naive, but yes, I have read about why the movement’s started and what their collective goals are. But is it working? Is it having any affect other than crippling local businesses and lowering the quality of life for residents living around Zuccotti Park.

Rage Against The Machine/One Day As A Lion leader Zack de la Rocha has been silent about the movement thus far, even though Tom Morello’s been down to Occupy Wall Street, to perform for the protestors. Zack has released a poem, which you can read after the jump.

I’d rather have a new Rage song, but fuck — a poem will do, too, I guess.

Zack precedes the poem with a statement, “dedicated [the poem] to the Occupy movement whose courage is changing the world. Stay Strong. We are Winning.”

It seems the other side is still winning, but what do I know.

“The beginning spills through city veins

Into the arteries

And under powers poison clouds

We move like the shadows

Through the alley ways

Through nightmares bought and sold as dreams

Through barren factories

Through boarded schools

Through rotting fields

Through the burning doors of the past

Through imaginations exploding

To break the curfews in our minds
Our actions awaken dreams of actions multiplied

A restless fury

Once buried like burning embers

Left alone to smolder

But together stacked under the walls of a dying order

All sparks are counted

Calloused hands raised in silence

Over the bonfire of hope unincorporated

It’s flame restores tomorrows meaning

Across the graveyards of hollow promises

As gold dipped vultures pick at what is left of our denial
And the youngest among us

Stare at us stoned like eyes determined

And say

Death for us may come early

Cause dignity has no price

At the corner of now and nowhere

Anywhere

Everywhere

Tomorrow is calling

Tomorrow is calling
Do not be afraid”