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Ode to the OLB

Up, on the shoulders of a movement
stand holders of light.
Balancing in high places, they
beam and glow, sans backlight,
shining on for justice, for fair wages,
for a decent society with dignity and peace
for every person, every one a brother or sister.

Sisters and brothers of mine who
stand on ice, on concrete
on the courage and convictions of
Mandela and King and Gandhi,
of Lincoln and Lady Forward. They step off,
lifted on the strength of pure light
from double-A batteries and the
knowledge that they bear witness,
testifying in the deepest dark of the
Winter Solstice. On the shortest day
in the longest, coldest hour they
quietly glow, telling of starlight
falling on the conscience of
men and women and dogs.

Their silence cries out. Their word-halo
screeches and rings,  
breaks the rocks,
stirs the water,
reflecting the night we stood and sang
on the stairs, while snow fell on us.
In hope or in anger, I knew I was not alone.

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This poem is dedicated to all the holders of the light, especially Joe Brusky, noise of rain and badscience.

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Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  

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Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 02:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Kitchen Table Kibitzing, Badger State Progressive, and Rebel Songwriters.

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