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Monday, February 14, 2011

Webbing to Bind Them [Today's News Poem, February 14, 2011]

Webbing to Bind Them [Today's News Poem, February 14, 2011]

The fly or the spider, which represents us
In webs of our days? Or maybe the webbing

As symbol is better; anchored to branches
And tied to the doorways, gathering captures:

Dust in our weaving, flies that the spider
Juiced and the shells remain warnings ignored.

Strands represent connections of tendrils,
Mortar; the living tree and the timber.

The fly has sheer numbers, speed and its diet
Of feces, while spiders feed on the living;

And both of them feed on byproducts, tissue:
In use or else past it. Predator preying,

Preyed in its turn; a spider to capture
A fly, and a bird for spiders, a feline

To capture the bird and webbing to bind them.

"Young Egyptian and Tunisian activists brainstormed on the use of technology to evade surveillance, commiserated about torture and traded practical tips on how to stand up to rubber bullets and organize barricades. They fused their secular expertise in social networks with a discipline culled from religious movements and combined the energy of soccer fans with the sophistication of surgeons. Breaking free from older veterans of the Arab political opposition, they relied on tactics of nonviolent resistance channeled from an American scholar through a Serbian youth brigade — but also on marketing tactics borrowed from Silicon Valley. "
—DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and DAVID E. SANGER, The New York Times, Published: February 13, 2011

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