Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Turn Turn Turn






A seeker, a weaver
a student and master
voice of the worker,
never a doubter, forever
a singer. No one had to ask
which side you were on.


~January 2014















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Challenge: Words Count with Mama Zen
The ever terse Mama Zen challenges us to write something suitable for twitter in 140 characters or less; I don't have much interest in twitter these days, but wanted to remember a great man, and no words of mine can ever beat his, so the fewer the better.

 Pete Seeger passed yesterday at the age of 94. Thank you, Pete, for outliving McCarthy's blacklist, for all the great songs that others made famous, for your own light which always shone bright for the working man, and for Everyman.





Image: Pete Seeger at age 88 photographed on 6-16-07 at the Clearwater Festival 2007 by Anthony Pepitone, via wikimedia commons
Shared under a Creative Commons License.

34 comments:

  1. I don't know really anything about this man, though I have heard the name. My hat is off to anyone who sings their truth, as apparently he did, and as you do in your poems.

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  2. Lovely, lovely. I just love the guy. . Of course, they did ask him! And not only his side but the side and names of whoever listened to his songs. Here's the testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee-- you probably saw it already--but it just makes you absolutely love the guy even more.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/28/1273074/-Testimony-of-Pete-Seeger-before-the-House-Un-American-Activities-Committee-August-18-1955

    your poem has a lovely turn there at the end. Works very well. k.

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    1. No I hadn't read it recently, k. It speaks for itself, doesn't it, about how little things have changed, and what a good man he was, too sure of his own beliefs to take the Fifth, and refusing to implicate anyone else. A courageous man, to sit there and be badgered by those Neanderthal witch-hunting right-wingers--and let me add, they are no different than the current batch of witch-hunting, stomp-the-poor-worship -the-rich right-wingers whom I despise with every fiber of my being. Thanks for the link, and for reading.

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    2. PS - I don't want you to think I didn't very much appreciate your weaver reference! It works terrifically well there. And love the master/worker dichotomy. I feel like I should be picking something up with seeker, but I don't know--by something I mean reference other than general meeting. And agreed re the current crop. k.

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    3. Just a word play on his name, k, and the pop folk group the Seekers, who I think stole it in a left-handed way, this sort of giving it back to him. Thanks for reading so closely. I really got goosebumps from the Big Muddy song .

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  3. What an amazing tribute to a remarkable artist and a giving man. I found it so moving.

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  4. Beautiful, Joy. Couldnt be said any better.

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  5. fine observance. eloquent and rhythmic as a song ~

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  6. tight little homage to great man for sure hedge...
    i like the weave of your words, one of the first things
    i saw coming back online today was his death.
    for everyman indeed.

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  7. I apologize for my Canadianity but I missed Pete Seegre - A great tune I will be checking out more I always love finding something new.

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  8. I love the "currently playing inside my head" on the side bar! My girl Emmylou didn't have much to do this time, but the band really got down. The steel guitar player looks like Walter White! When I was young, I wanted to write songs like Rodney Crowell's, so that Emmylou would sing them. My favorite was "Till I Gain Control Again".

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  9. Fabulous Twitter ode to Pete Seeger. Well done!

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  10. Perfect. I love your poem and its accompaniments.

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  11. Well said. Really, really well said.

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  12. He was such a formative person/artist/singer in my teenage years and young adulthood. I admired him and his courage.

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  13. Your simple verse is just the right tribute to this man whose spirit was so big that he touched us all, even those of us who didn't follow his career.

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  14. This is such an honoring write, Hedge...you bring such reverence and meaning to this man. Beautiful.

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  15. Sigh ... No one, NO ONE sang 'Guantanamera' like Pete. May he rest in peace.

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  16. The last line I adore. He spoke his truth, never apologized. His music a voice for those that felt they didn't have one.

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  17. How to tweet a life spent on the road of song? Well, epitaphs are carved so finely, and this poem aims for that, cutting down through the dross of biography and all the dreadful layers of often too self-referential tribute (I was there when he was). This result is a fine three-chord ditty to a now-eternal troubadour. What more could we aspire to than to be like Pete, "never a doubter, always a singer." I hope the challenge didn't include tweet-length comments.

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    1. Not here, it doesn't. I don't think either of us would manage that very well. Thanks, B. He was one of those souls that light a room, and there can never be enough of them--our luck to have lived in his time.

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  18. Beautiful tribute to a great artist and human being.

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  19. Thank you for this tribute. I have posted a video in his memory today coincidentally. A very special soul, would that there were more like him around in these times.

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  20. What a great life and legacy he leaves behind. Thanks Joy

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  21. #manfollowinghissong-well versed Joy!

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  22. A lifelong Seeger fan here. Thanks so much for this.
    Luv, K

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'Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance' ~Carl Sandburg