Zach De La Rocha’s Occupy Wall Street poem

It must be a disappointing reality for Rage Against the Machine‘s members that no other musical act has picked up where they left off. If they have, it’s been with less spirit, or with little or no interest from record labels and mass music fans.

The depth of Rage’s lyrics is sometimes lost on this generation, and overpowered by its angry tone. But for anyone who forgot, or never understood, how genuine  Zach De La Rocha‘s conviction in his lyrics was, you can read this poem he wrote in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

“The beginning spills through city veins Into the arteries
And under powers poison clouds
We move like the shadows
Through the alley ways
Through nightmares bought and sold as dreams
Through barren factories
Through boarded schools
Through rotting fields
Through the burning doors of the past
Through imaginations exploding
To break the curfews in our minds

Our actions awaken dreams of actions multiplied
A restless fury
Once buried like burning embers
Left alone to smolder
But together stacked under the walls of a dying order
All sparks are counted
Calloused hands raised in silence
Over the bonfire of hope unincorporated
It’s flame restores tomorrows meaning
Across the graveyards of hollow promises
As gold dipped vultures pick at what is left of our denial

And the youngest among us
Stare at us stoned like eyes determined
And say
Death for us may come early
Cause dignity has no price
At the corner of now and nowhere
Tomorrow is calling
Tomorrow is calling

Do not be afraid”

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