The smallest things seed rebellion,
the way starting tomatoes in March
leads to dreams of oregano
and basil scenting a summer walk
but less obvious, because
it is not food I am talking here
but revolution, like standing up for something
or continuing to sit, a la Rosa Parks,
or loaning a woman
35 dollars for beads and floss,
the price of a bag of groceries,
so she can sell embroidery
in a market stall, instead of her daughter
in an alley.

Not all change is big and violent,
waving signs and shouting slogans,
but quiet, the things that happen under soil
before sprouting, essential and unseen.

That’s what I’m seeding.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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53 Responses to subversion

  1. that’s because you are a beautiful soul.

  2. I like the juxtaposition here Susan ~ clever.

    I shall be away for the weekend and have told my tom and pep seeds they’ll be snug in a pot on Monday. Happy potting 🙂

  3. You had me with tomatoes, oregano and basil – staples of my life. Marvelous treatment of a heady topic.

  4. Alice Keys says:

    Susan. This sucked me in with the scented garden images then grabbed me by the social change. This is exactly right.

  5. Alice Keys says:

    Reblogged this on Alice Keys and commented:
    Susan L. Daniel’s poem, “Subversion”, is a splendid example of the necessary role poets play in opening hearts and hands to social justice. Thanks for reading her poem. Alice

  6. Alice Keys says:

    Susan, I came back and reblogged this. I hope this works for you. Am I supposed to ask first?;-) I’m so new to all this.

  7. BroadBlogs says:

    Yes, and great for women’s history month.

  8. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    I heard Chris Hedges tell the audience the other night that people need to be subversive in the things they do. We shouldn’t wait for the “right time” but subversion should be a part of who we are and what we do.

    I liked what Alice said about your poem and I think she is right. You definitely offer a moving example of how to open hearts and educate minds by doing little things that show that the world is infinitely richer and deeper than the surface tensions we face.

    This is a really good poem, Susan. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Jeremy–Thank you. I am all for the slow, personally directed change. I believe that the small changes eventually lead to larger movements–they are almost a physical property of something that is both tangible and not tangible, if that makes any sense at all.

  9. hypercryptical says:

    This is a beautiful moving write Susan – but those words are not good enough – it is more than that – but I can’t find the right words.

    Anna :o]

  10. nelle says:

    Love the resolute wish to make better and break cycles. We can, and we will.

  11. Mary says:

    Wow, Susan, this is a strong poem. Yup, 35 dollars for beads and floss…..might not be a lot of money for some of us, but might make all the difference in the world for someone. Each of us has the power to seed important things, if only we will take advantage of the opportunity. Thank you for this poem, Susan.

  12. brian miller says:

    very cool….microfinancing is very cool too…helping others help themselves….really cool…and to us it is not much money maybe but to them can change a life…great thing to highlight susan…

  13. Wow, what an inspiration and powerful words. Well done! I like the imagery of herbs and finance and the growth of them by planting.

  14. Susan -such a beautifully powerful poem – loved the juxtaposition of the smallest seeds to big ideas and change – very moving. K

  15. cloudfactor5 says:

    I also like that you highlighted..microfinancing !! A truly great way to bet on the future by making a difference !! Those are seeds worth sprouting !!

  16. Rowan Taw says:

    I really loved:
    “Not all change is big and violent,
    waving signs and shouting slogans,
    but quiet, the things that happen under soil
    before sprouting, essential and unseen.”
    So true.

  17. ManicDdaily says:

    You know, I am about to go to India where my daughter has been working with the Self-Employed Women’s Association – this type of group is so so great – as you describe. k.

  18. J Cosmo Newbery says:

    A crop well worth planting and carefully tending.

  19. Laurie Kolp says:

    Oh, yes!

  20. claudia says:

    very cool susan…love the start with the tomatoes and basil…something we all can smell and relate to and then the quiet revolutions…the small seeds that develop unseen before they become visible…really cool

  21. aprille says:

    From little acorns…..

  22. kkkkaty1 says:

    Definitely the color green is fully represented here in many forms…your are right on with your message and I love the Rosa Parks connection 😉

  23. sowing the seeds of love …

  24. vivinfrance says:

    The potential for green begins the poem and the potential for mankind ends it. IA powerful poem.

  25. Akila says:

    wonderful, profound!!there is a lot that happens before it goes green!

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