Stewart Acuff

Jan 8

Coffee At Night

I wonder in the tiny night-morning hours

If the Ethiopian coffee tonight, ours,

In the shop of folks getting ready for church

Was worth the sleeplessness and the lurch

And the seamless trip between sleep and

Dreams.  Except I got to see Tom Morello

Of Rage Against the Machine sing with

Bruce Springsteen Waitin’ on the Ghost of

Tom Joad and then John Forgerty sing

I Ain’t No Fortunate Son.

I damn sure ain’t no lucky one.

But you see I am the lucky one.

My soul rests, happy with our long talk.

I think God gave me these songs of prayer

And supplication for a world she wants us

To build with her help. Trying, Lord, trying

Just sung or played ain’t that the point?

Music is transcendent, taking us to the pain

And/or joy of our fellow souls sun or rain.

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Stewart Acuff is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work.

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