Saturday, March 12, 2016


Sandra Bullock: "Minions"

Keii o fukugen

When Voting and Civil Rights were enacted
we were living the dream.

The air was filled with laughter.
Our mouths raised shouts of joy.

They said among the nations,
"The rule of law has done 
great things for them."

The law has done great things for us.
We celebrate our rights, but recognize our wrong.

Those who profit from the promotion of violence
use war and the death penalty to override 
the law against murder.

They deceive us with their stories.
They target groups and areas for attack.

They kill people and destroy property
to sell more of their products for destruction.
We are taxed for damage and repairs.

We are charged higher prices to compete
with the plutocrats that exploit us
with their taxation. We are oppressed
by the risk of forcing governments 
to change, while ours has reduced 
representation to help the one who
seeks to profit most 
from our oppression.

We need redemption.

Let the restoration of rights

flow like the raging rush of water 
to the sea.

Those who sowed hope with sweat

will reap songs of progress with joy.

Those who labor despite lamentation,

will share profit from the productivity
of their production.

126 In convertendo

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.
3 Then they said among the nations, *
"The Lord has done great things for them."
4 The Lord has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed.
5 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, *
like the watercourses of the Negev.
6 Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy.
7 Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

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