UNSUNG SOULJERS

Young Lords and other unsung souljers who have been
  Getting down
  Down in prison
  Down throughout time
Never having heard their song put to rhyme

Miguel “Micky” Melendez, Lolita Lebron, Filiberto
Ojeda, Jose Marti
Souljers near to the ground
Ready for the next round
Having always lived grassrooted
Never having been uprooted
  But
Always having their lives looted

Who will sing their songs
  When the drama of their lives moves on?
YOUNG Lords/Los Macheteros?Los Independistas Puerto
Riqueño—always down
Down throughout time
Near to the ground
Always getting down
Never uprooted
Rooted to the soul of a righteous fight

Our unsung Souljers
  Who have turned on the lights for us
Who will carry on their flight?
Who will uplift their songs?

They have not heard the rap of your songs—your poems
Your voice is unheard
Though they have always heard your blues

They fought for you
  While you were unaware

You were people not knowing why
  Or for what to care

Yet kept a Movement Alive
  That you have benefited from
  And squandered
Today they can’t get a song from you
  A rap from you

World Day

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