“Anarchist jurisdiction” State of Mind…

Some thugs like to
Lie all day—
strip our rights away,
make The People pay,
Chanting, “U-S-A…!”
Hopping flights of fantasy
for the greedy bourgeoisie
And the confederacy—
But we’re taking an
Anti-fascist stand:
‘Cause we’re in an
‘Anarchist jurisdiction’
State of Mind…

It seems so easy
Lying day to day—
stripping our rights away,
making The People pay,
Chanting, “U-S-A…!”
Out of touch with the
Peoples’ pain and need—
Protecting all crimes
of billionaire greed—
But we’re taking an
Anti-fascist stand:
‘Cause we’re in an
‘Anarchist jurisdiction’
State of Mind…

We’ve seen enough of
all the nazi stars,
all the lawless czars
And the cult of death
of a bungling Bleach Regime—
Mengele Medicine Team—
We can’t afford to waste more
Time—before we ORGANIZE—
Figuring out how we will rise
to Make the Rich Pay!

• Poet’s note: Inspired by the great Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind”

Raymond Nat Turner is a NYC poet privileged to have read at the Harriet Tubman Centennial Symposium. He is Artistic Director of the stalwart JazzPoetry Ensemble UpSurge and has appeared at numerous festivals and venues including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Panafest in Ghana West Africa. He currently is Poet-in-Residence at Black Agenda Report. Turner has opened for such people as James Baldwin, People’s Advocate Cynthia McKinney, radical sportswriter Dave Zirin and CA Congresswoman Barbara Lee following her lone vote against attacking Afghanistan. He is Co-Chair of the NY Chapter National Writers Union (NWU). Read other articles by Raymond Nat, or visit Raymond Nat's website.