Thursday, February 01, 2007

Malthusian Mythologies, a poem from "Sing a Battle Song" (Weather Underground writings)

-"There are too many people in the world
and not enough food."
-No, we said, a few control the world's food.
Food as weapon Food as profit

-"Well, the poor in Latin American
would have to come here then,
where there is plenty."
-They are forced to grow, we said,
tobacco and coffee for the Yankees.
You can't feed children cash crops.

-"Too many mouths, too much suffering, no enough corn,
better to lessen the burden."
-Give back the land, the ore the copper the tin,
we cried.
Don't take away the babies!

people are most precious
children are our treasure
this we'll organize first
cancel the moonshots and profits
apply our wits and love to growing things
learn to cultivate new/ways

The Chinese give support and encouragement to minorities
lend special effort to preserve these cultures
while the Han population is mobilized
to plan
for two children.
Can you imagine the head of HEW
announcing support for more
Black babies
and Puertorriquenos and Eskimos?
"There's no space for all those brown babies here."

It's a child-beating society,
divided against selfsame blood,
eager to export solutions:
US prime sterilization
of the life processes;
A death culture
carried by missionaries and rockefeller agents:
the peddlers of chains that tie the tubes.
They come wrapped in signs saying: Free the Women.

Mirror of history
mirror of war, fear of the fast-breeding poor.
"It is cheaper to kill a guerrilla in the womb
than in the mountains."

Women, sisters,
We must discover uncover
ways to bear and ways to not bear;
birth and death are sacred rights of people.
These men confound them:
they war on wombs.

Upside down planning from the rich
they should be planting
not coils and shields.
The poor will inherit
the right to their fertile land.

January 1974

1 comment:

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