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“O for a Muse of fire,
that would ascend
The brightest heaven
of invention,
A kingdom for a
stage, princes to act
And monarchs to
behold the swelling
scene!”
-Willam Shakespeare
King Henry V




NOT A MALE PSEUDONYM

Performing: I’ll shake the rattle
I’m shaking the rattle I’ll shake the rattle
Performing for you I’ll shake the rattle
This makes the world keep spinning
Shake the rattle the cities fall into place
Shake the rattle I’ll shake the rattle
Shake the rattle the sky won’t fall down
Shake the rattle children settle down
Shake the rattle singing the scent of you
Shake the rattle the sweat of you comes forth
Shake the rattle we dream the end of war
We travel to Asia to see the end of war
We storm the capitol see the end of war
Inside our neurons imprint the end of war
Shake the rattle, Lady Minstrels
Shake the rattle we shake the rattle
Down the dark continent we dream the end of war
Shaking the rattle the stars fall into place
Shake the rattle the moon is abiding there
Shake the rattle Sister Sun abiding there
All the planets fall into place
Brother Moon, join us? abiding there
Shaking the rattle I’ll shake the rattle
This one slips through my fingers
Shake the Pentagon, shake the pent up arms
Fluid universe, shake the rattle
Torque the weapons, melt down the wrath
Shake the rattle I’ll shake the rattle
Women are like water says my tongue
Women can do it, shake the rattle
Women will do it, shake the rattle
My tongue says you women are silvery like water
My tongue knows every part of you shake the rattle
My tongue composes the salient words
My rattle hums my rattle plies the night
Rattle shimmers, shake the rattle
We shake the rattle, performing the rattle
Shake the rattle I shake the rattle
Performing for you shake the rattle
Imagine the rattle perform the rattle
Shake the rattle we dream the end of war

from IN THE ROOM OF NEVER GRIEVE, Coffee House
Press 2003.
Used by permission of author


2006 Calgary International Spoken Word Society