For Pete Seeger, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter & Woody Guthrie

Scribbled Verse

A Tribute by Afzal Moolla

Published in “The Centrifugal Eye – Autumn 2012.” Edition.

Edited by Eve Hanninen

For Pete Seeger, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter & Woody Guthrie …

It was a long time ago,

when you put your words into song:

‘this machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender’ you scribbled on your old guitar,

and you wielded that banjo and guitar as weapons,

fiddling out a hail of truth,

of solidarity,

of angry, vehement calls for peace.

You said of leadbelly, that that huddie ledbetter was a helluva man,

you sang and spoke through dust clouds and relief lines,

you taught us all, to seek out hope wherever we can,

and when they tried to call all of you goddamned reds,

you sang on ever louder and louder, rattlin’ their prejudices as they slept in their plush beds,

you rode and you rambled and thumbed your way around,

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