In which the intro and the title are longer than the Poem,
in the manner of Scott Norman
More or less as it appeared in the July 25th, 1997 Edition of the Swarthmorean.
This cannot be easily checked as they are not yet internetted, though
this is not because they are waiting to see whether or not the Internet will last.
Delco Pledge has disbanded and many of us are still active in protest,
whether Greens or Independents, etc.
The Delco Pledge of Resistance (formally the Delaware County Pledge of Resistance) recently marched for the first time in a July 4th Parade, which happened to be in our Borough. Swarthmore Poet Bob Small said “he had some fears about marching,” which he said resulted in a Poem “longer than the parade.” (Full confession, most of my life events can result in a Poem if not careful).
What follows is a small part of that work.
The Pledge Marches in the Swarthmore 1997 July 4th Parade and all is Calm
the shortest blank march
I’ve ever been on
yet the longest
what if we were told
we were sub ver sive
in cur sive
un de ser ving
un amer i can
we received applause
claps of appreciation
if July fourth
isn’t just a little bit about protest
then history should maybe call it
the Boston Coffee Party
and be done with it