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The Low Road

Posted: 2007-01-24

This poem speaks so strongly for the need to find an ally--one person who stands with you. And then find another one. And another.

Pretty soon you'll join Educator Roundtable, sign the petition, speak out, send in a donation. Next comes workbook refusal. And then. . . we take on the tests. Yes, it starts when you say We.


It goes on one at a time,
it starts when you care
to act, it starts when you do
it again after they said no,
it starts when you say We
and know who you mean, and each
day you mean one more.

What can they do

to you? Whatever they want.

They can set you up, they can

bust you, they can break

your fingers, they can

burn your brain with electricity,

blur you with drugs till you

can't walk, can't remember, they can

take your child, wall up

your lover. They can do anything

you can't stop them

from doing. How can you stop

them? Alone, you can fight,

you can refuse, you can

take what revenge you can

but they roll over you.



But two people fighting

back to back can cut through

a mob, a snake-dancing file

can break a cordon, an army

can meet an army.



Two people can keep each other

sane, can give support, conviction,

love, massage, hope, sex.

Three people are a delegation,

a committee, a wedge. With four

you can play bridge and start

an organization. With six

you can rent a whole house,

eat pie for dinner with no

seconds, and hold a fund raising party.

A dozen make a demonstration.

A hundred fill a hall.

A thousand have solidarity and your own newsletter;

ten thousand, power and your own paper;

a hundred thousand, your own media;

ten million, your own country.



It goes on one at a time,

it starts when you care

to act, it starts when you do

it again after they said no,

it starts when you say We

and know who you mean, and each

day you mean one more.



From The Moon Is Always Female, by Marge Piercy

Copyright 1980 by Marge Piercy

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