A.H. Scott: Stain of Indifference

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Tony Ward: House of Prayer, Portraits. 1980.

 

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Posted on July 16, 2016 by A.H. Scott

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Stain of Indifference

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 Stain of indifference

Cotton white beams bright under the blazing sun

Oh no, don’t worry…but, that was yesterday

Clasped between fingers, crop collected 

Indifference of bullwhip’s sting detected  

Oh no, don’t worry….but, that was yesterday 

Evolved from that time of blight, we proclaim it day and night

Yet, stain of indifference is that white flag of surrender

Back to your life, back to work

A few days of grumbling over injustice occurs

With clockwork’s precision we shed a tear and commiserate in how tragic it all is

Oh no, don’t worry…..but, that was yesterday 

Then it comes as it does like heaven’s tears raining down

On his back a man lies lifeless on the ground 

Would the world have known who he was without that video on the cell phone?

Body cams malfunction 

Well, isn’t that grand?

Oh no, don’t worry…..but, that was yesterday 

Tragedy like this can’t possibly happen again?

What was seen by all must have been some kind of mistake

Or, is something so dire in the summer wind filled with an oncoming heartbreak 

Cotton callin’ from fields far away 

White fabric stained with crimson as sun beams through car window 

Can you hear it now?

Oh no, don’t worry….but, that was yesterday 

Man moans as he takes his last breath

Can you see him now?

Steel held with a death grip in hand and pointing at her with command

Peacemaker claiming a righteous stand

Oh no, don’t worry…but that was yesterday 

Innocence of babe ripped away as she sits in back seat 

Imagine what she saw

Imagine what she heard

Imagine at such a tender age to console her mother she had to find the right word

Oh no, don’t worry….but, that was yesterday 

Imagine as she grows

Who knows? Who knows?

Maybe that stain of indifference is now etched in her heart

A new generation seeing yesterday as today and tomorrow 

Those who are silent in these interesting times, won’t have reason or rhyme

Who is mattered and who is not becomes a call and response if we cannot see our fellow human beings as ourselves

Political pariahs blame the victim as they always do 

Yet, each of us has a stake in uniting together, too

In between the particles of black and white it is ever so clear

Stain of indifference to the fabric of humanity’s core it will tear

Judgment from towers of white is faulted upon sin for those who have never walked in the skin another has lived in

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About The Author: A.H. Scott is a poet based in New York City and frequent contributor to Tony Ward Studio. To read additional poetry by A. H. Scott, go here: https://tonywardstudio.com/blog/a-h-scott-drawn/

Photography by Tony Ward, House of Prayer, Portraits. Copyright 1980.

News: Last Night in Los Angeles

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward,  Copyright 2016

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Last night at the Melrose Umbrella Co. in Los Angeles I met  with two of L.A.’s finest photographers; Steve Diet Goedde (far left), Dave Naz and their  significant others for drinks to discuss and to see for the first time; Steve’s latest book, ARRANGEMENTS: Volume III (2007 to 2015). Edited by Eric Kroll.

To learn more about Steve Diet Goedde, go here: http://stevedietgoedde.com

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To learn more about Dave Naz, go here: http://davenaz.com

Transformation: New Americans in Philadelphia

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Photography by Harvey Finle, Copyright 2015.

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Posted on January 21, 2015, by Roberta Fallon (TheArtBlog.org)

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A Photographic Exhibition by Harvey Finkle at the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia Until 2/15/15 in Conjunction with “One Book, One Phildelphia.

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An historic, exciting transformation is occurring in this unique neighborhood, South Philadelphia, the original destiny for immigrants arriving in this city during the last decades of the 19th century and early 20th century. This diminishing population of descendents of European immigrants from over a century ago are being replaced today by immigrants from a variety of other countries, but bringing the same energy, values and hopes brought by their predecessors a century ago. As a Jewish community that some once estimated at a quarter million evaporated and the Italian community slowly shrinks, they are being replaced by Indochinese from Cambodian, Vietnam and Laos; by Indonesians of both Christian and Muslim faiths; by Mexicans and most recently by refugees from Nepal and Burma.

 

South Philadelphia is a microcosm of what is occurring in old neighborhoods of many large cities throughout the country. New immigrants and refugees are revitalizing urban neighborhoods with their energy and commitment that emulate what prior immigrants brought. Homes, shops and restaurants, once vacant and deteriorating are being regenerated; schools are being refilled; even religious facilities are being restored or constructed to reflect the varied belief systems of these new arrivals. Simply put, they work hard, want to live in safety, raise their families, educate their children and worship without fear.

 

This is a unique historic moment. The issues of immigration are once more at the forefront of a national discussion. Immigration will continue to be a natural occurrence throughout a globalizing world, imposing the need for major political and policy decisions. Social movements have already blossomed. An organized, informed grass roots effort can influence and enable beneficial decisions. This work can offer some small contribution to the already existing local and national discussion.

 

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