Another excerpt in the serialization of Parts One and Two of the memoir Remembering Tomorrow by Michael Albert, this time chapter 10 and 11, distributed in this 40th year since the New Left and May 68.
The Ringing Of Revolution
In the 1960s, we believed we were revolutionaries on the verge of a new society. There was evidence all around, from
Great symphonies rise and fall in volume. When decibels are highest, symphonies are not always greatest. In fact, often, it is precisely when they are least audible that symphonies are laying their groundwork and gathering steam. Similarly, social projects sometimes hang on, reentrench, and get set to climax during calm passages. The low decibel times are often the hard part. They are often the critical part. Nonetheless, Part 2 of Remembering Tomorrow continues exploring high decibel times. Here is a poem, “Wheel of Law,” from Ho Chi Minh that meant a lot to me in 1969 and still does.
The wheel of law turns without pause
After the rain, good weather
In the wink of an eye
The universe throws off its muddy clothes
For two thousand miles the landscape spreads out like a beautiful brocade
Light breezes, smiling flowers
High in the trees amongst the sparkling leaves all the men sing at once
Men and animals rise up reborn, what could be more natural
After sorrow comes happiness.