Poetry Friday–Women’s March and more

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Happy Poetry Friday! I’m participating in the Women’s March Chicago, 2018, that’s happening this Saturday, January 20th. For Poetry Friday I’m sharing the front of my poster, (back still to be complete) and a poem I wrote in the spirit of the March taken from the song, This Train. I’ve also included a clip of Big Bill Broonzy singing the song– He’s been a favorite of mine since early childhood, when my father filled the house with his music from the folk group he was a part of at that time called I Come for to Sing. Read more about Big Bill Broonzy here. Here’s info on the Women’s March Chicago.

WOMEN’S MARCH (IS BOUND FOR GLORY)

Women’s March is bound for glory Women’s March
Women’s March is bound for glory, Women’s March
Women’s March is bound for glory
Only carries peoples Indivisible truths
Women’s March is bound for glory, Women’s March

This March don’t carry no false truths, This March
This March don’t carry no false truths, This March
This March don’t carry no false truths
No naysayers or condescenders
This March don’t carry no false truths, This March

This March don’t fit no racial quotas on This March
This March don’t fit no racial quotas on This March
This March, you know, don’t fit no racial quotas
No racists’ slurs and no discrimination
This March is bound for glory, This March

This March don’t care what your color is on This March
This March don’t care what your color is on This March
This March don’t care what your color is
Everybody’s treated just humanely
This March is bound for glory, This March

Women’s March is bound for glory Women’s March
Women’s March is bound for glory, Women’s March
Women’s March is bound for glory
Only carries peoples Indivisible truths
Women’s March is bound for glory, Women’s March

Women’s March
Women’s March
Women’s March

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

Here’s a link to the words of This Train, as sung by Big Bill Broonzy. The lyricist is still a mystery …

Kay McGriff at A Journey Through the Pages is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Kay! Stop by her blog and see what she has cooked up poetry wise–there’s sure to be something that will nourish your literary soul!

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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20 Responses to Poetry Friday–Women’s March and more

  1. I love this! Thank you for going to the march on Saturday. I love your spirit. I know that you’ve called your poem a poem—but they are lyrics to me. I have to sing them.

  2. Kathy Mazurowski says:

    I will be at the March on Saturday, too. Hopefully it will be crowded. I will be carry this tune in my head. ❤️

  3. Diane Mayr says:

    I imagine Chicago will host a massive rally! It is so good to realize discontent can lead to action when we all band together. I’m heading to Portsmouth, NH, where the expected size of the crowd has led the organizers to cancel the march part and hold a stationary rally. I’ll take photos if I can.

  4. lindabaie says:

    We will have good weather for the march in Denver, and it will be a big crowd. People keep posting to “stash your trash”, say there was a big problem last year. But, as far as my group, I think we were okay. Your poster and poem are so exciting, Michelle. I’m going to listen to the song now, and read your own words along!

  5. margaretsmn says:

    I love how you rewrote the spiritual. Like Linda, I want to sing it. Good luck with the march on Saturday. I will be watching the news feed. Family obligations are keeping me close to home.

  6. Tabatha says:

    You are really ready, aren’t you! Terrific 🙂 The song reminded me of a Mumford and Sons version I shared on my blog a while back. They used it as the finale when they were touring with Old Crow Medicine Show, and they sang it with as much passion as I imagine you will be on Saturday.

  7. Liz Steinglass says:

    Inspiring!

  8. I love both your poster and your poem. One of my biggest regrets from last year was that I did not take part in the Women’s March, but I’m headed out today for one in Madison, IN.

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Yeah for your participation in the Women’s March, your poem, and drawing, Michelle. The song had a zippy tune. Keep on moving mountains with the issues surrounding women. I’m on you side.

  10. mbhmaine says:

    Love your poster, your poem and your passion! Thanks for marching, Michelle. I did last year but didn’t make it this year. Somehow I didn’t realize it was happening until too late. (This may be a result of my taking refuge from the news in audiobooks…) On a side note, I must say that Big Bill Broonzy is just about the coolest name ever and I loved listening to him sing. Thanks for introducing me to him and for a wonderful post!

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