Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
Part III: poems of war and revolution: "so you want a room all to yourself", pp. 359- PDF (1.6 MB)
"SO YOU WANT A ROOM ALL TO YOURSELF" What is the meaning of the shrine of privacy To hide the tall girl's insignificant body? The same friends find us and leave us. One can easily guess the coming Events as "U.S. shells Red force in Cambodia on the front Page of the Herald Examiner." The day ends by not resembling today. I had many projects to finish. But why must the tall girl remind me of her sincere Shrine of privacy She has not earned When the U.S. shells Red force Across international borders? Why this sudden impulse to be grand Because the night is so warm and lucid And the friends said that There is no longer any honorable Intentions to be kind? Gerard, Gerard why are you shedding Tears for the never-ending pettiness and indifference that is 359 Put upon vou? Why does "destiny" indiscreetly intrude, Though you are made for fine and important projects? Today U.S. intrudes upon the private Shrine of Cambodia. And he is conspicuous With his friends, though he does not mean To be, but fails to turn Away the people he does not know who run Up to greet him with congratulations, love. I cannot be heard in my sleep Walking dream of the twilight Touching us, sometimes, And the privacy of my public Life is without flaws to evoke criticism, Though some people would wish to. Why can't today's teenagers dance The "Philadelphia Lindy"? How many young Men are stationed in Saigon?