East Bay
East Bay
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by Dee Allen.
Thursday Mar 22nd, 2012 2:45 PM
On the morning of February 26, 2012, concerned citizens from all over the San Francisco Bay Area converged on a long-vacant lot on 8032-8034 MacArthur Boulevard in East Oakland. The vacant lot sits on the same land as two small, long-vacant houses. The entire day was spent depaving the unused asphalt lot with construction tools. The objective: To create an independent media center/school, a cafe----and a community garden for low-income folks to tend & grow their own food. This new poem speaks to the her-storic effort made by concerned Bay Area citizens to free the land from smothering asphalt confines. And reconnect with the one thing all city dwellers have been long separated from: The natural world.
By Dee Allen.

Protect your eyes from flying pebbles.
Slip the goggles on.
Protect your palms from blisters.
Slide the gloves on.
The blacktop & grey pavement need removing.
Lift the axes, pickaxes & sledgehammers,
Activate jackhammers
And get to work
Breaking with the undesirable past.
Aching to see
The growing green future
Beneath the asphalt.

Make cracks in the dense surface.
Liberate each yard
Decolonise each acre
Of East Oakland Ohlone ground
From rock-solid
Man-made captivity
The more you swing & dredge
With construction tools.
Inching closer to
The growing green future
Beneath the asphalt.

Dump the broken pieces
Into a wheelbarrow and carry unsightly
Chunks of the past
Away from the uncovered
Site of healing.
The soft brown soil
Needs to mend itself gradually.
Rainwater & wind can aid the process along.
And so can you.
Nursing the ground
Back to proper health
In preparation for
The growing green future
Freed from asphalt.

Dig a fresh hole with a spade.
Lay down some seeds.
Reseal the hole with topsoil.
Just add water
And some fertiliser
And soon, that ground will give abundantly
What she produces for free.
Fruits, vegeatbles & exotic plants
Will rise, thrive & meet sunlight.
Show your little ones that food
Doesn't come from
Shelves of the marketplace.
And anyone can partake
From what collective work ushered in:
The growing green future
Freed from asphalt.

And the grasp of landlords.
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Dee it is always a pleasureZachary RunningWolfFriday Mar 30th, 2012 10:02 AM

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