Dedicated to Abolishing War, Establishing Justice, and Fighting Climate Disaster

Dedicated to Abolishing War, Establishing Justice, and Fighting Climate Disaster

by John Trudell
Trudell recounts his experience protesting the construction of a nuclear power plant in 1981. The protest resulted in the arrest of 1,900 activists, including musician/activist Jackson Browne. 
Today I challenged the nukes
The soldiers of the state Placed me in captivity
Or so they thought
They bound my wrists in their Plastic handcuffs
Surrounding me with their
Plastic minds and faces
They ridiculed me
But I could see through
To the ridicule they brought
On themselves
They told me squat over there
By the trash They left a solder to guard me
I was the Vietcong
I was Crazy Horse
Little did they understand
Squatting down in the earth
They placed me with my power
My power to laugh
Laugh at their righteous wrong
Their sneers and their taunts
Gave me clarity
To see their powerlessness
It was in the way they dressed
And in the way they acted
They viewed me as an enemy
A threat to their rationalizations
I felt pity for them
Knowing they will never be free
I was their captive
But my heart was racing
Through the generations
The memories of eternity
It was beyond their reach
I would be brought to the
Internment camp
To share my time with allies
This time I almost wanted to believe you
When you spoke of peace and love and
Caring and duty and god and destiny
But somehow the death in your eyes and
Your bombs and your taxes and your
Greed and your face-life told me
This time I cannot afford to believe you