Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Memories: You Say You Want A Revolution...


It reads:

"imperialism sucks
march on washington november 15, 1969
"

It was here on the kitchen wall in 1976 when I moved in.   In those days, the house was painted in purple and red and yellow and more purple and maybe blue but it was hard to tell. 

One day in 1980 a woman visited, friend of a friend of a friend of a roommate. She had either designed the poster or knew who did. She found it funny to see it tacked up by tape over the toaster.

I always thought it was an abstract painting with no meaning - just acid trip colors until 20 years into looking at it I realized there was the shape of a man in chains and blood and grief and oppression.

Recently I got a frame from Ikea for it.  I'm not sure what took me so long.  But when revolution no longer marches on Washington,  it should be framed.

2 comments:

Judith said...

sweetheart, that poster moved in with me in 1980. I'd "borrowed" it from my ma, who still thought imperialism sucked, I think, but who'd lost interest in the poster-as-art. Wear it in good health, framed or not. xoxoxo --j

c.o. moed said...

WOW! I thought it was in 1976 because every time one of the roommates from that time came over he talked about that poster being his... how wonderful I can tell him to shut his trap it's yours. BTW, you're not getting it back. but the dishes you can take.