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Farewell

It feels odd to feel odd about leaving,

For a rover such as myself.

Usually I settle well into the comfort of Farewell,

Knowing Time will whisk me away

On a strong current,

Through spaces and faces,

Till Farewell makes his appearance again.

But this time I got caught,

Ensnared in the familiar…

What is home?

The smell that lingers on your clothes?

Or the constant drip of that God damned tap?

Or is it the way that the sun pierces the blinds,

Fighting its way across mountains of clothes,

Growing by the day?

Or is it the song that shatters the silence at sunrise,

The joke that passes quietly between knowing eyes,

Or the daily glance towards the door

That should have been returned to by now?

It should feel odd to feel odd about leaving,

For a rover such as myself.

But this time I got caught,

Ensnared in the familiar…

Mountains

They said, ‘Mountains do not move.’

So he built his high,

Laying down each stone with care, willing them

To stay.

But as he sat atop his mountain,

Planning out the cities that would rise in its shadow,

A distant rumble sounded.

Rising as abruptly as it fell,

The tremor left him low,

Seated on a lone rock.

‘But How?’ he cried.

They said, ‘Even the greatest ship,

Is tossed to and fro by the most meager wave.’

Where then is my foot placed? Land or sea?

The Descent

His Virtue waded in A Sea Of Vice,

An Hopeful Pilgrimage to the Hallowed Ground,

All the while trying to keep the White Hem of The Dress clean.

He Willed her on, longing for her to have a surer footing.

'Possibly, it will be quicker if she swam?'

thesoftghetto:

downlo:

theteratophile:

jalwhite:

fracturedrefuge:

whatgodzillasaidtogod:

talldarkbishoujo:

wretchedoftheearth:

I’ve never seen a GIF of this.

I was just reading about this during a wiki binge on Olympics incidents and did a little research on it. I never knew how deep the message was that Smith and Carlos were trying to send. Just about everything they wore and how they wore it had symbolism attached to it. (unzipped tracksuits for solidarity with blue collar workers, necklace of beads for lynching victims, etc) Calling it a “black power salute” is really reductive and it’s a shame (and predictable) that if it’s taught at all, that’s what it’s boiled down to.
Another thing I didn’t know: the Australian guy who came in second wore a patch for solidarity with them, he was protesting racist Australian immigration policies. When he passed away, Smith and Carlos were pallbearers at his funeral.

Don’t know what this is referring to? Here you go.

This is really powerful.

Wow, I had no idea about the solidarity patch.
This is still so powerful to watch.

(fyi Australian guy’s name is Peter Norman, he was banned from competing internationally for Australia after this, because our government can be a real sack of dicks sometimes)

I had no idea there was so much going on here. It’s fascinating. According to the Wiki article:

The two U.S. athletes received their medals shoeless, but wearing black socks, to represent black poverty. Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride, Carlos had his tracksuit top unzipped to show solidarity with all blue collar workers in the U.S. and wore a necklace of beads which he described “were for those individuals that were lynched, or killed and that no-one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred. It was for those thrown off the side of the boats in the middle passage.” All three athletes wore Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badges after Norman, a critic of Australia’s White Australia Policy, expressed empathy with their ideals. Sociologist Harry Edwards, the founder of the OPHR, had urged black athletes to boycott the games; reportedly, the actions of Smith and Carlos on 16 October 1968 were inspired by Edwards’ arguments. Both U.S. athletes intended on bringing black gloves to the event, but Carlos forgot his…It was…Peter Norman, who suggested Carlos wear Smith’s left-handed glove, this being the reason behind him raising his left hand…differing from the traditional Black Power salute. When “The Star-Spangled Banner” played, Smith and Carlos delivered the salute with heads bowed, a gesture which became front page news around the world. As they left the podium they were booed by the crowd. Smith later said “If I win, I am American, not a black American. But if I did something bad, then they would say I am a Negro. We are black and we are proud of being black. Black America will understand what we did tonight.


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thesoftghetto:

downlo:

theteratophile:

jalwhite:

fracturedrefuge:

whatgodzillasaidtogod:

talldarkbishoujo:

wretchedoftheearth:

I’ve never seen a GIF of this.

I was just reading about this during a wiki binge on Olympics incidents and did a little research on it. I never knew how deep the message was that Smith and Carlos were trying to send. Just about everything they wore and how they wore it had symbolism attached to it. (unzipped tracksuits for solidarity with blue collar workers, necklace of beads for lynching victims, etc) Calling it a “black power salute” is really reductive and it’s a shame (and predictable) that if it’s taught at all, that’s what it’s boiled down to.

Another thing I didn’t know: the Australian guy who came in second wore a patch for solidarity with them, he was protesting racist Australian immigration policies. When he passed away, Smith and Carlos were pallbearers at his funeral.

Don’t know what this is referring to? Here you go.

This is really powerful.

Wow, I had no idea about the solidarity patch.

This is still so powerful to watch.

(fyi Australian guy’s name is Peter Norman, he was banned from competing internationally for Australia after this, because our government can be a real sack of dicks sometimes)

I had no idea there was so much going on here. It’s fascinating. According to the Wiki article:

The two U.S. athletes received their medals shoeless, but wearing black socks, to represent black poverty. Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride, Carlos had his tracksuit top unzipped to show solidarity with all blue collar workers in the U.S. and wore a necklace of beads which he described “were for those individuals that were lynched, or killed and that no-one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred. It was for those thrown off the side of the boats in the middle passage.” All three athletes wore Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badges after Norman, a critic of Australia’s White Australia Policy, expressed empathy with their ideals. Sociologist Harry Edwards, the founder of the OPHR, had urged black athletes to boycott the games; reportedly, the actions of Smith and Carlos on 16 October 1968 were inspired by Edwards’ arguments. Both U.S. athletes intended on bringing black gloves to the event, but Carlos forgot his…It was…Peter Norman, who suggested Carlos wear Smith’s left-handed glove, this being the reason behind him raising his left hand…differing from the traditional Black Power salute. When “The Star-Spangled Banner” played, Smith and Carlos delivered the salute with heads bowed, a gesture which became front page news around the world. As they left the podium they were booed by the crowd. Smith later said “If I win, I am American, not a black American. But if I did something bad, then they would say I am a Negro. We are black and we are proud of being black. Black America will understand what we did tonight.

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