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Richard Kearns, AIDSoverSIXTY: Blues for the LA City Council


Blues for the LA City Council
by Richard Kearns, October 18, 2011

chers—

was able to attend an LA city council meeting today as well as visit Occupy LA. it’s been months since i was there (at the council), and i found myself weeping at the prospect of speaking as an advocate after such a long absence. lovesong & blues.

—rk

good morning president garcetti, distinguished council members. my name is richard kearns. i am a 60-year-old gay man living with AIDS in los angeles for the last 30 years. I am an AIDS activist and long-term survivor, a medical cannabis user and advocate. i will have more to say about that later in the meeting, but right now here is my poem for you today:

woke up this morning
wishing i’d thanked you the day before
woke up this morning
wishing i’d thanked you the day before
let that old bright dad climb on without me
i’m not quite ready to walk out the door
i’m never ready
you’re never ready
we’re never ready
for the last encore
i’m never ready
you’re never ready
we’re never ready
to be dinosaurs
i’m never ready
you’re never ready
we’re never ready
for that old final soar
hoping to make it out of here
before another big uproar

—richard kearns

to view, go to
http://lacity.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=130&clip_id=9679
time index 0:28:34 – 0:30”10


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