Monday, August 15, 2011

"Speak Up", A Poem By: Aadil Malik

It rains hardest on those who deserve the sun
Economy sucks but still the rich have fun
Tax cuts for the wealthy
Budget cuts for the poor, but you see
Its not the wealth that concerns us, its our democracy

Public school districts across the state and nation
Face agonizing decisions about how to pare budgets drained by the economic inflation
The result of a combination of poor bipartisanship and poor cooperation
If our leaders don't listen to eachother, why would they listen to our advocation?

We live in a society that depends on clandestinity
Anonymity, and carcinogenicinity
We hide our knowledge, ourselves, and spread lies like cancer
Misinterpretation leading to religious and cultural clashes, everyone screaming their's is the "answer"
When nobody questioned them in the first place.

Should we blame our leaders, or should we blame the system?
Point fingers at the President or the one's who elected him?
Point fingers at Democrats or Republicans?
Or do we point fingers at ourselves?

Is the decline in democracy our fault?
Is it our fault that there are less people who speak their mind than the number of victims of physical assault?
By default, we blame those who have higher authority
But the blame truly goes to those who fail to speak their minds effectively

A tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
You speak your mind and no one is around to hear it, do you make a sound?
Don't be a tree, be a blessing to humanity
A tree has no language, but humanity can express
Instead of blaming authority, tell them the truth, confess

It rains hardest on those who deserve the sun
But if you speak up, the rain will oblige, and the sun will lend you one.



The ICCPR recognizes the right to freedom of speech as "the right to hold opinions without interference." You may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.