Preparing For Revolution


Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service

To be human
is to be
before and after
the law

To be protected
if ever
if at all
only by
the decency
of others

And when unprotected
abused neglected
there are
dark clouds
in the sky
of the citizen

He who seems proud
only when
paying bills on time
this code of his:
‘virtuous obedience’

My code
is learned
(if ever learned)
only by moonlight:
‘disobedience is love’

the heart
in hard times
even amid strangers
even on crowded streets

helps also
until the time
finally comes
and when it does—
it will

to do to undo
to act
ready to kiss one another
ready to die

Richard Falk is a member of the TRANSCEND Network, an international relations scholar, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University, author, co-author or editor of 40 books, and a speaker and activist on world affairs. He is currently serving his fourth year of a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Human Rights. Since 2002 he has lived in Santa Barbara, California, and taught at the local campus of the University of California in Global and International Studies, and since 2005 chaired the Board of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. His most recent book is Achieving Human Rights (2009).

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One Response to “Preparing For Revolution”

  1. satoshi says:

    A very insightful poem!

    Let me add as follows:

    1. Be aware that we, human beings on this planet, are all brothers and sisters. (See also Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

    2. Love each other. (John 13:34)

    3. Obedience to peace (=nonviolence).

    4. Maintain equanimity (=inner peace).

    5. The main purpose of law is to protect love and peace of humanity on earth. If law does not work for that purpose, revise it. (President’s executive order to be)