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Assata

February 11, 2006

BY AKILI CASTLIN

I think of you; and I think of
getting knocked down, never out,
getting back up, of not giving up
even when everybody and
everything around me says,
the jig is up…
I think of you; and I think of
doing what’s right not cool, easy
or hip…thinking of you and I fall
in love with truth. I think of the
strength to look up from the
bottom of life’s mountain and the
courage to break it down into
manageable bits, I think of the
wisdom to rebuild it with the
ladder of love…
I think of you; and I think of how
easy my road Is on its’ hardest
day only because you’ve lead the
way paving it with blood and,
tears and sacrifice and
relinquished victory as my gift. I
think of having nothing not even
shoes, for tired feet, I think of a
vision and voice and building up
a nation in a wilderness of murderous beast, I think I know
determination and faith that will never cease…
I think of you; and I think of god manifest in objective reality, I think of possibility, duty and
responsibility I think in the words of “Nikki Giovanni”, “she is us”. I think of you and I think all
I am I owe, I think of you and I think the words could never be enough, so I straighten up and
Pray you’ll judge what and how I do what I do…

Akili Castlin #J99402
C-11-220 P.O. Box 7500
Crescent City, CA 95532 USA

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