Gandhi And King, King And Gandhi

Though violence is not lawful, when it is offered in self-defence or for the defence of the defenceless, it is an act of bravery far better than cowardly submission. The latter befits neither man nor woman. Under violence, there are many stages and varieties of bravery. Every man must judge this for himself. No other person can or has the right.”   — Mahatma Gandhi

“The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.” —  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gandhi and King, you say, King
and Gandhi
Though you never quote them completely
or well

Please stop selling me
hippie shit
about how love is all
I need

and trying to convince me
of my own
deep need to unclench my fist
in the face

of someone who has said they
want to kill me
for my parentage and my wish to be
left alone to try

to live a life unlike the one
they think I should have
under their god and their sexytime rules
and all their ancient proverbs

So miss me with your
quick spouted peace talk 
If you don’t want to swing on one of them
stay out the way

Some folks have lived generations
ducking their fists
It’s time at last and as always
to swing back

Gandhi and King, you say, King
and Gandhi
You never quote them completely
or well

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One response to “Gandhi And King, King And Gandhi

  • Léa

    Good timing Tony! Alas, it is usually those who are most out of control who endeavor to control others. Since they can’t find the words nor quotes to defend the indefensible, they mutilate the words of of those who can say something of worth.

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