Monday, January 16, 2006


Dear Dr.King,

We have to listen to your words and your wisdom.Now is the Time.
We have to treasure the lesson and hold it close.
We have to pray for strength. Now is the Time.
We have to faithfully guide a movement as it grows.

There's a Change A Comin'.

We have to honor our sick, our elderly, our poor.
We have to be their Voice. Now is the Time.
We have to face problems that Power is hellbent to Ignore.
We have to take care of Each Other. Now is the Time.

There's a Change A Comin'.

We have to roar into oppressive winds thick with Lies.
We have to speak Truth against thick Walls. Now is the Time.
We have to know that Real leaders don't rule with Spies.
We know that True Power trusts the people. Now is the Time.

There's a Change a Comin'.

We have to face the Powers that create webs of deciet, We must.
We have to work as one, together. Now is the Time.
We have to do it for our children, otherwise who will they trust.
We have to show them another way to peace. Now is the Time.

There's a Change a Comin'.

We have to Know that the Change is on the Way.
We have to help it gain momentum. Now is the Time.
We can't turn out backs on it for an hour or a day.
We are the momentum, we are the Change. Now is the Time.

There's a Change a Comin'.

( enigma2006)
Words of Wisdom Below by Dr.King

Yes, We must stand, and we must Speak.
There comes a time when Silence is Betrayal.

Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere.
( letter from jail April 1963).

Our Lives begin to end the day we become Silent about Things that Matter.

No Blood For Hubris and Educational Whisper have the transcript and also Links.


enigma4ever said...

Please excuse the photo error - it may take a day or two to repair....

Wadena said...

Wow, you seem to be about as idealistic as me. I just got started blogging. Please come over and give me some feedback--tell me what you think.


Anonymous said...

Glad you're back, enigma.

Don't give it up to 'the man'!!!

Hey, did I bump into you lurking yesterday? Sorry. :)

Anonymous said...

Man...when you return, you do it with a vengeance. :-).

The Birmingham Letter is perhaps my favorite of Dr. Kings writings and speeches. Great minds must think alike, because I used it today as well.


No Blood for Hubris said...

Yee haw.

Unknown said...

I love that final quote. I've used it as my email .sig for years now. True heroes in today's society are very hard to find anymore. People don't care. People are complacent. People are self-involved. I'm waiting for someone, wake up.

Unknown said...

The only thing goin' through my head right now is Dylan's classic - "The Times they are a changing"

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.

Unknown said...

I too thought of dylans song when I read this. and its fits also.

glad your back E :)

enigma4ever said...

Kvatch, Lilly, and Wanena, yes, indeedy Enigma is back...and feeling much better..and decided as the post below says- not the time to give up- we have a country to save godamnit- no need for my personal woes to get in the way- time to give the Shitheads a good fight...
No Hubris- yeehaw ???- gee that sounds a little Cowboyish- I will let you slide...this time...( cause I like ya')
and Windspike you broke my heart with the Dylan- child of the Sixties that I am....sigh...
and Dusty welcome- lovely to see you as always....yup- I am back...and I am here to stay....The Cafe is open....period.

Neil Shakespeare said...

Hey, E., just wanted to thanks for your comment at my place. I had never heard "FEMAnized" before. LOL! Yes, America has become femanized...or is it FEMAnazi-ed?

Justin said...

Good work, now's a good time for poetry.

jurassicpork said...

Hey, welcome back! What a wonderful birthday present! I like the song lyrics. Better than my Tom DeLay version of "Folsom Prison Blues".

enigma4ever said...

Justin, Neil, JP .... welcome...comeby anytime the door is always open...thanks for the commments....and being here ...

michael the tubthumper said...

“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

“The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”

Anonymous said...

Just checking in, friend. There are so many wonderful bloggers with great things going on- its encouraging and its just another way of the 'ripple'.
Another way is to walk the walk- consider supporting the day of action in March (Code Pink) and planning something, big or small in your own community. Don't underestimate the power of some creative ways to have conversations. Consider a dvd party, showing something relevant like "Hijacking Catastrophe" or "Beyond Treason". We can write letters, pick up the phone- all of these things are 'ripples' and often action helps us feel better, empowerd, and energied.
Hang in there Enigma. We've all been where you are at.

Unknown said...

Hey E4E, I hope I can uplift your heart after breaking it. Consider yourself blog rolled.

Blog on!

Anonymous said...

Now someone actually in office needs to say what Gore said.

enigma4ever said...

Micheal, yes we need more Change...I am merely a bleeding heart liberal- I don't know if I am so extreme...and
BlogenFreude...yup I am waiting to see if anyone Elected says a damn thing at this point...MSM came through with NO colors as expected.
Lilly- yes, Ripples are out there...and we All are how do we make a tidal wave...
JP- Delay - Folsum Prison Blues- oh, what a nice present...
Windspike- you can break my heart or roll me anytime...

Tina said...

Hey Enigma: I'm more shocked that we haven't crossed paths more often since we have commented and/or visited many of the same bloggers before... but I guess it is all kismet, huh?

This entire past weekend I tried to update my blogroll, but for some ungodly reason, it just wouldn't work... grr... so I think I will dump this into Hubby's lap and see if he can get it to work... and I will add you to it my fellow female disgusted Ohioan blogger.

I swear, I spent almost 2 hrs this afternoon calling every Ohio office of Sens DeWine and Voinovich pleading with them to not be the wingnuts I already know they will be and vote for Alito, plus calling every Dem senator's office, begging them to filibuster Alito. I am so fed up too, Enigma... but I look at my tiny innocent 3 yr old daughter and know that I have to fight for her b/c nobody else is gonna do it. Hang tough sister... we gotta fight the good fight.

meldonna said...

Good on you, E -- glad you're feeling fresher! And glad to see you back!!!

enigma4ever said...

Tina...I am sorry...but it was good of you to work so hard...but don't give up...and yes, there are some of these folks that should just be carted off ( Blackwell)

Graeme said...

Very nice. You are very talented

Anonymous said...

Hey Enigma- good question. A tidal wave? needs impetus, a force to take the ripples and push them into some kind of angry cohesion... usually someone of leadership takes this on- we just don't have many people nowadays that seem inspirational enough to do that.

Except blogenfreude. :)

enigma4ever said...

Ah, yes the Honorable Blogenfreude....

But that Boot Woman kicks some serious Conscience ass as well.....

Hey there Mel..welcome ...and yes indeedy I am Back...