I Heard America Singing on Jones Street

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photo by Alexandrea Thompson of Dtown Perspective

photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of Dtown Perspective

I heard America singing

On Jones Street, in Raleigh, North Carolina,

The varied voices I heard,

Each one rising, in strength and harmony.

 

The voices of unemployed mothers

Calling for more time to find a job.

The voices of disabled elders and veterans

Calling for more space to vote.

The voices of teachers

Calling for modern books and modest wages.

 

I saw America marching

On Jones Street, in Raleigh, North Carolina,

The varied images I saw,

Each one shining, in strength and harmony.

 

The purple caps of  NAACP elders

Showing us the Way.

The orange t-shirts of  Loving leaders

Showing us the Wisdom.

The pinkblue signs of EqualityNC

Showing us the Spectrum.

 

 

On February 8, 2014, I heard America’s pledge

On Jones Street, in Raleigh, North Carolina,

The indivisible pledge I heard,

A pledge made in strength and harmony

 

With liberty and justice for all

People identified and yet to be

People bound and

unbound

Free America!

                                                                                     Free North Carolina!

 

(We know you hear our voices, and we know who you are!

We are asking you to join us.

But if you won’t join us, we are TELLING you

MOVE OUT OF THE WAY!

We are asking you to join the Historic Tens of Thousands on Jones Street

But if you won’t join us, if you insist on moving backwards, we are TELLING you )

 

WE ARE NOT WAITING FOR YOU

WE ARE MOVING ON DOWN THE ROAD

FORWARD TOGETHER, NOT ONE STEP BACK

ADELANTE JUNTOS, NI UN PASO ATRAS!

photo by Alexandrea Thompson of Dtown Perspective

photo by Alexandrea Thomsen of Dtown Perspective

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special to the Clarion Content by Rachael

Poetry is a precious delight. The Clarion Content supports and advocates for poetry.

We were delighted to be able to send multiple correspondents to the Moral Monday event in Raleigh, Saturday, February 8th. We heard that the Durham People’s Alliance chartered biodiesel buses from Durham Central Park. Attendance was in the tens of thousands.

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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