(for mafr, who brought us the gift of this glorious song recently, and told us that Karine had dedicated it as a hymn to the Occupy movement; thank you.)
The lyrics, while speaking to the great fires horrors in London resulting from the Blitz, it so aptly reflects the dark and wretched times so many humans are experiencing all over the world in the present. Sometimes when we’re silent, we can fairly hear the infrasound echoes created by so many of the earth’s inhabitants cry out in pain and fear; the planet, so grievously wounded by human abuse, answers with her own sorrow and portentous signals in floods, droughts, hurricanes, earthquakes…and more.
And yet: behold the Wee Wren; allow Karine’s music to wrap your heart in…the possibilities of singing light into the darkness…
(This live version is far better, but the embedding has been denied; it will open in a new window.)
At Ludgate Hill
on the cracked and blackened cobbles of the town
the ashes fall to rest
As the tiny King of Birds he flutters down
to build a citadel
to light glory in the dark
and from hell
to breathe hope in every heart
Who can not tear up at the abundant fullness of the song, and want to pay homage to the Wee Wrrens among us? There are so many more than we ever will realize, at least metaphorically staking themselves out in defense of the planet, each other, our civil and human rights…working to create a better world, selflessly giving of themselves in order that we, and our big blue-green ball of a planet…might live more harmoniously and consciously. Please add your own Tiny Wrens who are bringing The Light.
‘At Ludgate Hill
where the towers of smoke and mirrors bruise the sky
the pilgrims huddle in
as the tiny King of Birds begins to cry
the people start to sing
to light glory in the dark
to ring the bell
and to breathe hope in every heart…’
The tipping point for defeating the Dark will come when enough light-bearers arise to even heal the King of Birds when he wearily falters, and wails his lamentations… Wren Power; People Power.
Bless you, 79-year-old grandmothers Spotted Wren Nancy Zorn, for chaining yourself to a bulldozer working the XL pipeline in Allen, Oklahoma, and disrupting its ‘work’ for a few hours; may your dedication permeate the collective consciousness aloft. (You can see Mutual Aid’s brand new Keystone XL 10-minute video here.)
Mafr also brought us this incredible story. House WrensMichael R. Walli (63), Nun Megan Rice (82),and Greg Boertje-Obed, (57), succeeded in a disarmament action at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Nuclear facility in July, 2012:
Calling themselves Transform Now Plowshares they hammered on the cornerstone of the newly built Highly-Enriched Uranium Manufacturing Facility (HEUMF), splashed human blood and left four spray painted tags on the recent construction which read: Woe to the empire of blood; The fruit of justice is peace; Work for peace not for war; and Plowshares please Isaiah.
Under the cover of darkness they intermittently passed beyond four fences in a walk for over two hours through the fatal force zone. “We feel it was a miracle; we were led directly to where we wanted to go” said Greg.
Breaking News from Transform Now Ploughshares, today, May 9, 2013:
First, the facts. Greg, Megan, and Michael were found guilty today of both counts brought against them — sabotage and depredation of government property — and they were remanded from the courtroom as we sang them rounds of “Rejoice in the Lord Always,” and “Vine and Fig Tree.” The prosecution has stated that the defendants stand convicted of a “crime of violence”; if this is the case, law requires that they remain in prison until sentencing. They will spend the night in jail, and we will return to the courtroom tomorrow at 9:00 to see what the judge will decide.
FDL’s own Barbara Grothus is one of the canyon wrens working for peace and a nuclear-free future; here she is speaking, after just having left the courthouse after their trial in this excellent video. My gratitude is surely shared by all who are reading, dear one. You are a most sincerely Inconvenient wren…
As is, of course FDL’s Carolina Wren TarheeDem, who went to Chicago to protest NATO, and was punished mightily for it even before the conference and civil disobedience actions could commence. We doff our caps to you and your conscientious convictions that NATO is no longer a force for the Common Good.
Consider Wee Marsh Wren Diane Wilson, ‘fourth-generation shrimper and Texas Gulf Coast environmental activist’ who says she’ll fast in solidarity with the over 100 Gitmo hunger-strikers, 21 of whom are being force-fed… until justice comes. Twelve banded wren protesters in orange jumpsuits and hoods were arrested on the steps of Manhattan’s Federal Courthouse, each one holding a sign with the name of a prisoner who has already died at Gitmo under US ‘custody’. Zeese and Flowers wrens give some of the hideous history of the hunger strikers: one more appalling national shame among so very many others
The grandmothers of the Lakota Tribe have stopped Keystone XL pipeline trucks from entering their sovereign reservation borders to deliver pipe and supplies for the project during the past year. The Lakota have formed the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance, and have held resistance trainings over the past couple months, and have made it clear that they will not yield in the future. Another Lakota group has allied with the Deep Green Resistance, attempting to shut down liquor sales at White Clay near Pine Ridge in an attempt to save the lives of Ogalla Dakotas who can purchase liquor freely, without regard to age there. Alcohol sales aren’t permitted on their reservations. The percentages of Native Americans addicted to alcohol is tragically high, and not much research has been done to discover what medical reasons might contribute to it. Thank you, Song Wrens; hoka-hey; it’s a good day to die.
On the National Day of Actions against drones and drone assassinations, some 30 sedge wrens were arrested outside the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse on April 30 after a gathering of 250 marched do display their objections to Obomba and Brennan’s robotic aerial assassination program.
And lastly, how can we ever thank you enough, Barbara Lee, for being the only member of Congress to vote against the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that is a blank check for Empire to wage endless war against contrived enemies…anywhere around the world. Her sincerely brave and visionary opposition to the act led to endless vilification, cries of ‘treason’, and death threats. Here are the reasons that caused Flutist Wren Lee to bring her Light to the floor of the House of Representatives (video here).
‘He who shall hurt the little wren
Shall never be belov’d by men.’
~ William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
When you’re feeling as though you just aren’t seeing the world like others around you are because you hear a voice calling you to offer dissent against any of the barbarities that our nation is authoring, or to act in defense of life and liberty and health of our brothers and sisters both in our nation and around the world, be aware of the little bird, little wren…just over your shoulder, and listen to her good advice. Write, build community, protest, tell your own stories; create art that stirs others’ souls, but feel good about it; you’re not crazy: those who may mock or deride you are.
Brush your gray wings on my head
Say what you said
Say it again
They tell me I’m crazy
But you told me
(to be cross-posted at wendyedavis.net)