Occupy Denver Poem: This Grass is My Grass

What would you give,
To control that blade of grass,
Time in your day,
Your salaries,
Your freedom,
Your life?*
Denver police, state patrol, federal police,**
Please step back,
And look at what you are protecting,
It is a war against the people,
A war over control,
A war of ego,
Simply to control a lawn,
Is your life, your health, your freedom worth it?*
Please step back, step aside,
Step in and join us,
Together let’s put people first,
And let the corporations serve the people or be voted out of existence.

I wrote this poem in response to the struggle for the lawn that occurred again today, October 29, 2011 in Denver. It is a crazy power struggle once again over a lawn area.

*So many times we waste our lives and risk everything by having a job that we do not believe in or even worse oppose what we are doing but we continue to do it because we need the money. It can even eat at our hearts so badly that we get sick.

**You could easily substitute in this line Iraq, Afganistan, etc., soldiers and US contractors.

About Amy Marschak

I have been writing since I was little and found myself bored but yet still trapped in a classroom. So instead of staring out the windows at school, I would write poetry in the margins of all of my school notes. And in this way I could pass the time without having to listen to the teacher when they were being boring or depressing. A few of these poems are in my first book “Poetry for All Those Breathing” which is now in its Seventh Printing. Poetry has always been a way for me to be heard by my family. If I would simply state how I felt, I would frequently be ignored but if I wrote it as a poem, what I had to say would be listened to. Sometimes my parents would even cry when they heard my poetry.