“What’s the use?” Does the growing tree say it? Does the water care as it’s carried away yet?
“Use your head” my father said and so I try but find Heart is still my strongest guide.
And in my mind’s eye I see better times, though passing through some troubling blinds,
We thread a difficult needle to stitch up the crimes of those who have trespassed against us.
If everything happens for a reason, then on to the future – it is the season
To stand and assess what destruction has wrought – from rubble and scraps we can salvage a lot!
And when I look into my heart or the eyes of a child, it is chilling, this willing I feel to start.
I SAY “What is the Use” of unwanted freeways, well, those are just platforms for future skyways!
Or else they can be wide open bike trails where hikers and horse carts step over snails.
What is the Use of billions of cars - when gas runs out and elites move to Mars?
We’ll build a sublime tower, and shout our praise to real stars!
What’s the Use of garbage, those islands at sea? They can be harbors to keep our ships free
From currents and pirates on climate change seas!
What’s the Use of those Freeway Rest stops? No visitors are coming – no traffic, no cops!
No worries, my dear ones, because you see, those will be Re-Use Centers with work for Home
And our forests an Ecology of Eden could be, with hippies and horse loggers we can set ourselves
Free and make markets for farmers and products with small trees
And what of the herds of white elephant factories? What possible use can these old things be?
My guess is they’re empty so we could agree to grow food and medicinals when the heat disagrees.
We’ll be using these places to stay safe and free.
So protesters and children, sweetest dreams you deserve.
From sleep awake in solidarity, rested and cured.
There is use for everything under the sun and though reeling, we’re healing and having some fun!
Awaken, you doubters in your dark TV caves; come out in the sunlight and join with the Brave!
.... Catie's poem read at the Grand Opening of Foundation and Center for Creative Change,
Catie Faryl, Center Director, and Co-Founder
November 6, 2011
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