Friday, 7 July 2017

Poem / Pessimism is for lightweights

Salena Godden gifts Jeremy Corbyn her paperback copy of 'The Good Immigrant'






NEW: PESSIMISM IS FOR LIGHTWEIGHTS 




Pessimism is for lightweights

Work in progress - 

Poem written for John Higgs 'Watling Street' Podcast
Performed at Corbyn 'For the Many' Gig, Kentish Town Forum July 2017



Think of those that marched this road before
And those that will march here in years to come
The road in shadow and the road in the sun
The road before us and the road all done
History is watching us and what will we become

There is power and strength in optimism
To have faith and to stay true to you
Because if you can look in the mirror
And have belief and promise you
Will share wonder in living things
Beauty, dreams, books and art
Love your neighbour and be kind
And have an open heart

Then you're already winning at living
You speak up, you show up and stand tall
It's silence that is complicit
It's apathy that hurts us all
Pessimism is for lightweights

There is no straight white line
It's the bumps and curves and obstacles
That make this time yours and mine
Pessimism is for lightweights
Pessimism is for lightweights
This road is never easy and straight
And living is all about living alive and lively
And love will conquer hate



(c) Salena Godden 









Hello!

Thanks for tuning in. This poem is the poem I read last night. This is first draft of a commission to write a poem for John Higgs. I need you to know this is a John Higgs line, not my words, these are Higgs words - Pessimism is for lightweights - but it rings so true to me. I used this line as my starting point and anchor in this work and it has quickly become my mantra every day. I look at the news and twitter and and chant Pessimism is for lightweights pretty much every morning right now.  

The 'road' I'm referring to in this poem is Watling Street. It is the road from Dover to Angelsey, an old English road of legend, of witches and ghosts, queens and highwaymen, of history and fiction and myth, it is the road in Chaucers Canterbury Tales, the road Boudica met her end ... and more ... Check it out for yourself, John Higgs Watling Street is an epic and captivating read and its out now! 

Last night's 'For The Many' gig at The Kentish Town Forum was so inspirational. Thank you to Francesca Martinez for the invitation. It was an enormous pleaure to meet our real PM last night. My personal mission was to give Mr Corbyn my own paperback copy of 'The Good Immigrant' I felt that if anyone might enjoy this book, get this book, it is Jezza. I explained to him it was crowd funded, that this was a book of essays written by 21 immigrants, funded, promoted and shared by thousands of people who want these stories, our stories, told, seen and shared... We are all immigrants, proud children of immigrants. In the picture above Mr Corbyn is reading the chapter by the wonderful Darren Chetty titled "You can't say that! Stories have to be about white people!"

I'm looking forward to some glorious gigs and festivals and parties over the coming weeks. Let us meet in a field and drink cider under the dog star together. Please scroll down for dates and links! Thank you for following this page and these fiercely independent adventures in poetry and books and sweet idealism. 

The summer of LOVE is here and now .... sgxx











SUMMER 2017








JULY 29-30: CORNWALL, PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL

AUGUST 5-7 - CHEPSTOW, GREEN GATHERING FESTIVAL



SEPT 14: HASTINGS, THE WHOLE SHEBANG WITH EMMA JOLIFFE

SEPT 16: SCOTLAND, KIRKCALDY, TAE SUP WI' A FIFER, WITH JAMES YORKSTON

SEPT 29: KENT, SMALL WONDER FESTIVAL WITH NIKESH SHUKLA 

OCT 18: BRISTOL, FESTIVAL OF FUTURE CITY

OCT 29-29: FILMPOEM FESTIVAL 







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