Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Letter of Congratulations, to Polly Davies, March, 2008" (for Julia Utts, and for Quinn Brisben)-A Poem by Scott Norman Rosenthal


"Letter of Congratulations,
      to Polly Davies, March, 2008"
           (for Julia Utts, and for Quinn Brisben)

      1.We all live in History,
in a place called the "World."

My name is Scott,
you don't need to dread.
Not my voice,
or messages
from this part of the World.

It's referred somewhere
in the "Talmud," that:
"...if you've saved a life,
you've saved the World."

2.Once upon a Time,
11 people got arrested,
near a house.
A Judge lived in the house.

200 or so people stood
between a man
and a Death Chamber.
Most of the people went away,
11 chose to "confront".

Word from Counsel said
that we pulled it off.
Jim Bevel did it again.
New reason for a "maverick”,
to be vilified by talk and hypocrisy.
Otherwise, those who didn't "confront",
might be Those Who Ran Away.

I almost left a worthless life,
a muted voice; in the jail,
in the cold...
It wouldn't look bad
for what we were doing.

3.Once upon a Time,
I intruded on an evening.
You provided information,
to get me through corruption,
into the decades,
through the World...
For a Worthless Life,
a Muted Voice...
I won't apologize that intrusion...
we’ve learned better...

I'll congratulate you, Ms.,
for saving the World.

                           (Scott Norman)

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