IN THE HEART OF CRAWFORD ----(page
Grace happens in the strangest places. I picture
in my mind the silouhette of tiny Joan Baez and Jeff Keys, a huge Marine, on the
horizon at dusk, he blowing taps on a bugle with the crowd gathered around the
crosses of Arlington South.
happens in the face of danger. Deep into the night the pickups fly by with people
shouting. There's a rumor that a group of belligerent pro-war people are gathering
up a caravan, and have already provoked trouble in California. The community is
confronted with a proposal to make it illegal to park, stop or stand on Prairie
Chapel Road. Other roads? Mattlage, Homestead, Quiet Valley, Canaan Church, Castle
Creek, West Middle Bosque and the other roads around the Bush ranch. ('The roads
are the people's roads,' counters an opponent. 'You can't have a de-constitutionalized
zone around the President.').
and justice have to be guarded vigilantly, against threats both from the outside
and from within. At a protest rally in Crawford a year ago, five were arrested,
though their conviction overturned as unconstitutional. How will the authorities
deal with thousands?
how will they deal with the inevitable hundreds of thousands protesting this war,
WAR IS OVER
The Pix To View "Diamonds and Rust" VidClip.
thinking of 250 thousand people in Washington protesting Vietnam.
Ginsberg tried to 'levitate the Pentagon' through his peace chants. He was one
part delusional and two parts right.
Lennon said 'war is over if you want it.' He was three parts showman and four
Steve Earle says the war in Vietnam stopped not because he opposed it, but when
his Father came to oppose it. And that we can do it again.
My brains are as addled as George Bush in the Texas heat. I'm wishing I could
take a nice cool swim down by the Quarry at Tonkawa Falls, but thinking about
those water moccasins.
I remember. Someone has said that if you go with a crowd, and splash first, you
should be all right. The snakes are more afraid of you then you are of them. And
anyhow, there may not be any snakes at all - it may just be that locals are telling
you that so they can keep the swimming hole for themselves.
I decide, I will go back into that water.
George Wallace 2005 All rights reserved
Photos and Video courtesy of Jeremy Hogan -
to each other, Insomniacathon
and Alt-Journalist, Jeremy Hogan was there at Camp Casey.
As you've just viewed his Pix
and VidClip's in "Deep In The Heart of Crawford" read
his experiences at Crawford in his story, You
are a guest
Bush is our neighbor
Wallace is an award winning poet and journalist from New York who has
performed his work across America and in the great cities of Europe.
is also the Editor of the online poetry publication.
featuring some of the finest works being produced in contemporary poetry
by established and emerging authors.
New & Of Note!
George Wallace is hosting a new monthly poetry event at The
Bowery Poetry Club, set for the third Thursday of every month,
6:30-7:30 p.m. The series will feature poets in performance from local, national
and international scenes. $6 admission.
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