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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Marge Piercy

"The Low Road"

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 you who you mean,
and each day you mean one more.

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