Ballot or Bullet Poem


Give me a ballot before I choose a bullet.

Give the sister her right to choose before she chooses a Glock.

Give the prisoner redemption and reconciliation before he opts out of humanity.

And the chorus sung,

Give me a ballot or give me a bullet

Brother Malcolm's ballad of redemption has matured into a classic.

The lyrics talks about America having a bloodless revolution. While the words of Dr. King, “One day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood” still waits for a seat.

“Brother, brother, brother, there is far too many of you dying. You know we’ve got to find a way to bring some lovin here today.” Belts out Brother Marvin as he steps to the microphone.

What's going on?

“Why stand we here idle?

What is it that gentlemen wish?

What would they have us do?

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? "Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” Patrick Henry.

And the chorus sung,

“Stand Your Ground, Stand Your Ground.”

While Obama sings, “I’ll keep on lovin’ you whether; times are good, bad, happy or sad. Let’s stay together.”

And the chorus sung.

Give me ballot or give me a bullet.

Robert Butts, 5/6/12


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