Wednesday, July 9, 2008

one love

And who will join this standing up
and the ones who stood without sweet company
will sing and sing
back into the mountains and
if necessary
even under the sea:

we are the ones we have been waiting for.

from Passion: New Poems, 1977-80, by June Jordan

9 july is june jordan's birthday, goddess rest her soul. why is it that so many of the 'good' die young? june was/is* an amazing soul - poet, social activist, teacher, mother, wisewoman. june's one of those folks I've long had on my list of people I'd like to have dinner with - unfortunately, I never had the good fortune of meeting june or attending any of her readings or lectures. but back in 'the day' - my day- she was among the pantheon of women thinkers and academics who informed and shaped my worldview (for whatever that is 'worth').

don't you just love the last line in june's"poem for south african women".... we are the ones we have been waiting for..... what a mantra!! and most excellent mouse medicine. yes, we are the ones we have been waiting for.....

june was born in harlem on 9 july 1936. her parents were jamaican immigrants - to celebrate june's heritage (and her world view) the song I've chosen to start the day is bob marley 'one love' -I do believe this is the mouse's favorite marley tune.



photo: steel drum performers at the clifton arts and music festival, cleveland 2008

*was/is....some think souls live forever and ever....I think I do....

16 comments:

tut-tut said...

Thank you for putting June up front; I have not thought about her for a long time, though you are right: she was very inspirational back "in the day."

R.L. Bourges said...

inspirational today also. merci, ma belle, that was just the little nudge I needed to get me back to work right this very minute :-)

edward said...

good post i'm off to read more about j.

d. chedwick said...

I love the song 'Crazy Baldheads' I think I have about 6 fave Marley songs.

Steve said...

Thanks for introducing me to June. I've never read her but will check her out now!

Cergie said...

These drums are curved, they are weird.
What is important is also to be able to be silent, all the players at the same time, don't you think so ?

cbb said...

What a stunning photograph! And what a powerful reminder "We are the ones we've been waiting for" - I feel challenged to rise to that call, though I'm never entirely sure how to do so.

Maybe the point is to keep trying. Thanks for inspiring me, in the meantime...!

Coffee Messiah said...

Thanks for the introduction. So many people pass by without us knowing.

Steel drums. There was a guy in Berkeley who taught how to make and play them. Wanted to take the class, but never did.

A jazz musician friend gave me the 1st Andy Narell album (his best I think) when it came out many years ago, which in turn made me pursue the Caribbean music.

Nice post!

dennis said...

Dennis loves this post.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

tut - most welcome! glad I could help spark some memories of an inspiring figure!

rlb - happy that the mouse could be of assistance. bises ma âme sœur (is that how one would say soul sister en français?

eddy - you are going to be a very well read kitten!

ched - okay so I do have several fave marley tunes too....

steve - I hope you enjoyed the exploration!!

cergie - that curved drum was the most melodic and amazing instrument... a good steel drum group is like nothing else! and yes silence always is a very powerful tune.

cbb - you are welcome and hugs!

coffee - thanks! nearby oberlin apparently is a virtual nursery to teaching the steel drum - this particular group is partially supported by the cleveland art museum which I think is incredibly cool!

it's never too late, hope you meet up with someone who tickles that fancy again for you!

R.L. Bourges said...

that would be "mon âme soeur" - the word soul being masculine in French. In medieval times, the Catholic Church Leaders in their infinite wisdom determined that women were animals and animals didn't have souls, you see. So it stands to reason the word should be masculine :-)

but I don't care. "Mon âme soeur" is totally correct in French - and definitely works for me, petite souris.

bises

WAT said...

Bob Marley. OMG! A LEGEND! I am so intrigued by his life and accomplishments! Another good one that died way too young.

R.L. Bourges said...

petite souris: some people sleepwalk. I sleepwrite, apparently.
The feminist interpretation of "mon âme soeur" is a bald faced LIE inspired by my rabid and well-documented hatred of men :-)
Seriously, the word "âme" is feminine. BUT for phonetic reasons we need not explore, the masculine 'mon' is used instead of the feminine 'ma'. You follow?
soooo... we will give it a jungian spin and say: mon (masculine for the animus) and âme (feminine for the anima) because...never mind. I really should spend more time sleeping.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wat - yes a legend and yes, yes he left us way, way too soon!!

rlb - well I got a big kick out of the sleep-writing feminist interpretation! it made sense to me considering the patriarchy.

however, while we are setting records straight, let me say that we need to be very careful associating feminism with man-hating. unfortunately that very association (or would it be equation of the two) has I think created a whole slew of contemporary problems....but no time (and space) to get into that now! I'm sure you agree and grok!

and ahhhhh I'm having flashbacks to my college french classes with that how sound carry over thing-y and should have realized that yes indeed it would be 'mon' and not ma... I remember something about if the word begins with a vowel, then blah, blah, blah.... thank you for the reminder and the french lesson, perhaps someday 'me talk pretty'

bises

R.L. Bourges said...

if anyone ever got the impression I don't like men, please to reconsider your opinion
case dismissed.

and your recollection of the French lesson is accurate.
:-)

Michael Rawluk said...

So many of the good die young because they are too busy taking care of others to care for themselves.