[col. writ. 8/14/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal
For nearly 30 long, tortuous years, Marilyn Buck was a political prisoner of the state, a captive in the federal prison system for her role in the liberation of former Black Panther, Assata Shakur.
She wrote gripping lines of radical poetry, often about the lives and plights of her fellow imprisoned women, as well as of prisoners who were active in the Black Freedom and Nationalist movements.
For example, back in 2000 she wrote "Black August", an excerpt of which follows:
Would you hang on a cliff's edge
Sword-sharp, slashing fingers
While jackboot screws stomp heels
on flesh peeled bones
"Let go! die, damn you,die!"
could you hold on 20 years, 30 years?
20 years, 30 years and more
brave Black brothers buried
in US concentration camps
they hang on
Black light shining in torture
Ruchell, Yogi, Sundiata, Sekou
Warren, Chip, Seth, Herman, Jalil
and more and more they resist:
Marilyn wrote that poem in 2000.
She was released in July 2010, and recently passed away from the ravages of cancer.
Marilyn Buck was imprisoned so long because of her support of the Black Liberation Movement, which made her a traitor, of sorts, to the White Nation. Like John Brown, she fought to free the unfree.
Her spirit of resistance never left her.
Marilyn was 62.
--(c) '10 maj