Zack de la Rocha Posts New Poem in Support of Occupy Movement

Zack de la Rocha is best known as vocalist and lyricist for the bands Rage Against the Machine and One Day As A Lion.

He is also a committed political and social activist. In recent months Zack has been profoundly affected by the Occupy Movement and the brave protests taking place across the globe. These events have inspired Zack to write the below poem to express his feelings and support.

“This poem is dedicated to the Occupy movement whose courage is changing the world. Stay Strong. We are winning.” — Zack de la Rocha

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



Tomorrow is calling

Tomorrow is calling

Do not be afraid


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