This is the 81st anniversary of the murder by the State of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.
What from the splendid dead
We have inherited -
Furrows sweet to the grain, and the weed subdued -
See now the slug and the mildew plunder.
Evil does not overwhelm
The larkspur and the corn;
We have seen them go under.
Let us sit here, sit still,
Here in the sitting-room until we die;
At the step of Death on the walk, rise and go;
Leaving to our children's children this beautiful doorway,
And this elm,
And a blighted earth to till
With a broken hoe.
-- Edna St Vincent Millay "Justice Denied in Massachusetts"
Lest we forget.
August 23, 2008 | Permalink
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