They Will Take It From Us [Today's News Poem, March 3, 2011]
I don't embrace
you yet—I will, so tarry.
Bless us, extend our duration. Delay
and let me bed upon—not
under—the grass and in sunlight's gold trace.
"in 1856 when, barely a year into his reign, Alexander II announced to an assembly of noblemen, “I’ve decided to do it, gentlemen. If we don’t give the peasants freedom from above, they will take it from below...” Northern leaders, on the other hand, pointed with shame to the fact that the world’s greatest democracy and its most infamous autocracy stood alone among major Western powers in retaining slavery."
—ADAM GOODHEART, The New York Times, March 2, 2011, 8:30 pm
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