Monday, February 28, 2005

great poem i just found

i just found this poem. the first 2 paragraphs were written by a ralph chaplin around 1917 and the third was written after the transatlantic business dialogue meeting in cincinnati, circa 2000-01. here it is.....

Black November, red November,
Bleak November, black and red.
Hallowed month of labor's martyrs,
Labor's heroes, labor's dead.
Labor's hope and wrath and sorrow,
Red the promise, black the threat.
Who are we to not remember,
Who are we to dare forget?

Black and red the colors blended,
Black and red the pledge we made,
Red until the fight is ended,
Black until the debt is paid.
August Spies and Albert Parsons,
With Joe Hill and all the rest.
Who are we to not remember,
Who are we to dare forget?

Black the flag and black the mask,
Red the hearts that beat as one.
Spur us to this better task,
Like rays of light from autumn's sun.
Black November, red November,
Red the promise, black the threat.
Who are we to not remember,
Who are we to dare forget?


peace, love, revolution

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