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MUMIA ABU JAMAL AT 58: APRIL 24 2012

Being a late happy birthday

At fifty plus eight on April 24, 2012. A “lifer”, Mumia Abu Jamal continues resisting a system determined to liquidate him, his humanity, his story, our history. If we (all who admire him) were to resist like him, the world would be pulsating in synchrony with humanity, not for its liquidation.

At 58
Too many years
Face to face
Staring death made visible inescapable
So far a conscience stronger
Has kept death away
A shining diamond conscience
Keeps shaming
An opaque, fraudulent, corrupt
Justice system that has accommodated
To injustice, to the tune dictated by wealth
Accumulated through land grabbing, slavery

A justice system craving for killing
One innocent person following his conscience
Standing up for
Hundreds of thousands craving for living life

Craving for living life as an art
Not martial, life as a pulse, a wave
Toward justice
Truth
Fidelity to humanity

Resisting for so many years of
Assaults aimed at getting rid
Of him for years that feel
Like an eternity

How could he be only 58?

Mumia larger than life
Older and younger
Could be a multiple of 58
Been around it seems headed
For infinity
Seems to have faced death forever
Still defeating injustices with
A conscience his only weapon

Living as an art
Mumia has given
Life, time, living, timing
Unfathomable dimensions way beyond
The shackles of an unjust system born out
Of a predatory will to liquidate
Humanity and its history

Living life as an art
To keep being born free
Could it be that he is free and we
Outside his prison walls, have been jailed?

How has he done this?
Mumia the trickster, more feared now
Because those who vowed to fry the nigger
Are still making vows that keep failing

Yes, Mumia teaching freedom from death row
Free inside in a way those outside
Are still trying to figure out
How to be

Is this fiction?
Some might have concluded
Mumia is such a rare gem he might be from another world
The jailers have been defeated
How?
An unknown quantum physicist has suggested that
Mumia in living life as an art
To defeat injustices
has grown
A particle unknown
The ultimate particle that cannot be split
Cannot be smashed in the most powerful
Cyclotrons [linear accelerators] known to science

Another unknown person
Has suggested that the body of Mumia
Is the ultimate cyclotron
producing the rarest of particle
The Mumion (or Mumon)

the Mumion sits in all members of humanity
it keeps calling for fidelity
to truth,
to justice
fidelity to MÂÂT

Thank you Mumia for your art
Thank you for being who you keep growing to be
Thank you for building another world
Thank you for your generosity
Thank you for your humility and simplicity

Thank you for showing us that we could do better with our own conscience

Do take care, jd