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  • -In honor of National Poetry Month,

  • our next guest is here to perform the poem, Rifle,

  • from his book, "HELIUM."

  • Please welcome back to the show Rudy Francisco.

  • -[ Cheers and applause ]

  • ♪♪

  • -And the article says,

  • "The Mexican government confiscates

  • approximately 30,000 illegal firearms per year.

  • When the guns are taken, they get dismantled,

  • and the metal is used to make other types of weapons

  • that will later be utilized by their military."

  • In 2012, Pedro Reyes, an artist from Mexico City,

  • convinced his government to donate the guns to him,

  • and he turned them into musical instruments.

  • So, somewhere, there's a tambourine,

  • a drum set, a guitar,

  • all made out of things that were used to take people's lives,

  • but now they create a sound

  • that puts life back into people's bodies,

  • which is to say a weapon will always be a weapon,

  • but we choose how we fight the war,

  • and from this I learned

  • that even the most destructive instruments

  • can still create a melody worth dancing to, and, sometimes,

  • don't we also call that a battle?

  • I wonder how long it took to convince the first rifle

  • that it can hold a note instead of a bullet

  • but still fire into a crowd and make everyone move.

  • When I was six,

  • I was taught how to throw a punch.

  • In the '80s, that was the anti-bullying movement.

  • Uh, the first time one of my classmates took a "yo mama" joke

  • a little too far, I remembered my training,

  • so I turned his nose into a fountain.

  • My fist, five pennies.

  • I closed my eyes, I made a wish,

  • I came home with bloody knuckles,

  • and it was the first piece of artwork

  • we hung on the fridge.

  • I remember staring at my hands the same way

  • you stare at a test when all your answers are correct.

  • I didn't know what class this was,

  • but I did know I was passing,

  • and isn't that what masculinity has become?

  • A bunch of dudes afraid of their own feelings,

  • terrified of any emotion other than anger,

  • constantly yelling at the shadows on the wall,

  • but still haven't realized

  • that we're the ones standing in front of the light?

  • We learn how to dodge a jab.

  • We learn how to step in before we swing.

  • We learn the heart is the same size as the fist,

  • but we keep forgetting they don't have the same functions.

  • We keep telling each other to man up,

  • but we don't even know what that means.

  • We turn our boys into bayonets.

  • We point them in the wrong direction.

  • We pull their triggers, and then we ignore

  • all the damage they're doing in the distance.

  • The word "repurpose" -- The word "repurpose" --

  • The word "repurpose" means

  • to take an object and give it amnesia.

  • It means to make something forget

  • what it's been trained to do

  • so you can use it for a better reason.

  • I am learning that this body is not a shotgun.

  • I am learning that this body is not a pistol.

  • I am learning that a man is not defined by what he can destroy.

  • I am learning that a person who only knows how to fight

  • can only communicate in violence,

  • and that shouldn't be anyone's first language.

  • I'm learning the difference between a garden and a graveyard

  • is only what you choose to put in the ground.

  • You see, once...

  • Once I came across a picture of a strange-looking violin.

  • The caption said that it was made out of a rifle,

  • and I thought to myself, "You know...

  • ...someday that could be me."

  • -[ Cheers and applause ]

  • -Rudy Francisco!

  • That's how you do it. Thank you so much.

  • His book, "HELIUM," is in stores now.

-In honor of National Poetry Month,

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スポークンワード詩人のルディ・フランシスコが詩「ライフル」を披露 (Spoken-Word Poet Rudy Francisco Performs His Poem "Rifle")

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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