Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
Part IV: Poets of the draft resistance: trail's end, p. 382 PDF (806.0 KB)
Finally, we are appalled by the ruse of the American ruling class invoking the cry for "Law and Order" to mask and perpetuate injustice. Let our President and the pillars of society speak of "Law and Justice," and back up their words with deeds and there will be "Order." We have pleaded, spoken, marched and nursed the victims of their injustice. Now this injustice must be faced, and this we intend to do, with whatever strength of mind, body and grace that God will give us. May God have mercy on our nation. Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., 47, is a poet, theologian, editor and lecturer, whose published works include THEY CALL US DEAD MEN, NO ONE WALKS WATERS, CONSEQUENCES, TRUTH AND . . . AND LOVE, LOVE AT THE END. He recently returned from Hanoi with three U.S. pilots released into his custody by the North Vietnamese government. Fr. Philip Berrigan, S.J., 44, a chairman and founder of the Catholic Peace Fellowship, is now serving a six-year prison sentence for an earlier anti-war action. He is the author of NO MORE STRANGERS, a World War 11 infantry veteran who received a battlefield commission while in Europe and a long-time activist in the civil rights movement. David Darst, 26, is a Christian Brother teaching at Providence High School in St. Louis, Mo. He was recently awarded a two-year scholarship to the Harvard Divinity School. TRIAL'S END By David Darst, F.S.C., one of the Catonsville Nine Guilty down these steps, stray birds light hanging clouds above as now the streets awash life: V-flags hope coffins candlerallies, for mystery shouts and flies, somebright days they were: death ness lurks but flooded hearts sail in the night rain. Laughter bodyhugs lips kissing arms linked to hands held: wings blind I (we) soar many and free.