By Raymond Nat Turner
Stench of burning burkas accompanying rhythms
of swishing scissors shearing sable curls, wavy
brown manes, straight tresses salt and pepper,
And locks of sundry shades of grey and white.
Harmonizing with soprano shouts of “Death To
The Dictator!” morphing from cries for
Equal rights exploding in Red Sea streets…
Iranians are rising again! Rising in prerequisite
Movements…Maybe it’s a flashback — 1909?
Maybe it’s a Mosaddegh moment? Maybe more?
Maybe this is it? Maybe it’s the next one?
Some of us remember Iranian demonstrations —
circa late 70s. Brilliant/militant feats of flesh and
Young and strong. Marching all night long —
thru twists and turns, staunch slogan soundtracks;
Playing cat and mouse out cul-de-sac traps set
by San Francisco’s political police — Truncheoned
thugs whose hand-eye coordination with the Shah’s
SAVAK intelligence tentacles reached out from icy fog
Some of us remember marchers’ names. Firouz, Mansour,
remember they spoke English — but read the Germans in
Some of us remember standing in solidarity with them as
the peacock throne collapsed
Under gargantuan weight of street heat/fire of millions of
Feet in the street.
Some of us remember our comrades’ and friends’ rapture —
rushing home and rejoicing —
Never to be heard from again…
Today we stand in solidarity with women who have hair in
The Game — Women marching through
Mushroom clouds of teargas, tsunamis of lead — Red Seas of
Death — resisting misogynist mullahs and murderous ‘morality’
Police…To topple theocratic thugs wrapped in robes of graft
Today we stand in solidarity with hearts/souls/spines of the
Mothers, daughters, sisters, wives of warehouse workers —
of bus and truck drivers, of train operators — fierce fighters —
Once again on their long and winding road of revolution…
friction lubricated by oil workers throwing themselves in the
Martyred Mahsa Amini’s the Rock of Gibraltar bloodthirsty clerics
Their own scarlet-stained sandals, crimson-covered combat boots —
Us how we must take on our own Texas Taliban/Florida fundamentalists…
Raymond Nat Turner is Black Agenda Report’s poet in residence and an accomplished performing artist. You can find much more of his work at upsurgejazz.com
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