John Brown Under Guard takes moment to kiss baby from piece by gene novogrodksky

John Brown Under Arrest

Polite agreement: zealots, fanatics, despots, cause-holders

Are imbalanced, especially when under word from God.

Usually, yes, often, yes.

But with the United States Civil War over 150 years ago this April,

And Abraham Lincoln dead over 150 years ago, again this April,

I thank zealous, fanatical, despotic, true-believer, dialed- to-God

John Brown – he who died in a premature effort to end slavery.

Blood, for sure, he spilled from Kansas and Missouri, and then to Harper’s Ferry, Virginia,

Trying to gather the bees (colored slaves) to the hive (fight for freedom),

And if most remained afraid and skeptical,

Soon hundreds of thousands began to fight, and in different ways do so today.

John Brown!

You knew your work – and its violence – was a start.

Do you, John Brown, hear today’s voices:

“Black Lives Matter!?”

Color Brown didn’t see.

Slavery he did.

Injustice always in his vision.

Alas, the slave owners wouldn’t budge, so ….

Alas, police departments don’t self-police, so ….

Time to read and ponder John Brown,

As I did, and will do ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-April 2015

Some Perspective on John Brown

Author: Gene Novogrodsky

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!


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