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"Affirmation" by Assata Shakur

“Affirmation” by Assata Shakur*
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I believe in living.
I believe in the spectrum
of Beta days and Gamma people.
I believe in sunshine.
In windmills and waterfalls,
tricycles and rocking chairs.
And i believe that seeds grow into sprouts.
And sprouts grow into trees.
I believe in the magic of the hands.
And in the wisdom of the eyes.
I believe in rain and tears.
And in the blood of infinity.
DDD
I believe in life.
And i have seen the death parade
march through the torso of the earth,
sculpting mud bodies in its path.
I have seen the destruction of the daylight,
and seen bloodthirsty maggots
prayed to and saluted.
DDD
I have seen the kind become the blind
and the blind become the bind
in one easy lesson.
I have walked on cut glass.
I have eaten crow and blunder bread
and breathed the stench of indifference.
DDD
I have been locked by the lawless.
Handcuffed by the haters.
Gagged by the greedy.
And, if i know any thing at all,
it’s that a wall is just a wall
and nothing more at all.
It can be broken down.
DDD
I believe in living.
I believe in birth.
I believe in the sweat of love
and in the fire of truth.
DDD
And i believe that a lost ship,
steered by tired, seasick sailors,
can still be guided home
to port.
DDD
*”Affirmation” is reprinted from Shakur, Assata. (1987/2001). Assata: An Autobiography. (Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books), p. 1.