Deleting double post
Blood on Draft Files, Baltimore, 1967
For Dave Eberhardt
The so-red-blood did its job: soldier-blood,
student-blood, verily, the blood of Jesus.
In reality, you poured duck-blood on the files
in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
(enough for the powers to take notice and act).
An event from another era, a generation ago,
a crime for which you served 2 years in jail;
Phil Berrigan, a Josephite priest doing God's work,
received six years in jail for his "misbehavior"
(the powers had seen, and they had reacted).
I recall how in a poem you roasted quail on a jail
radiator; now, you work with inmates downtown.
Would I have had the courage to get blood on my hands?
At Christmas, we get together with you and Cathy, enjoy
salmon, a bloodless fish. You are aged sixty-nine.
(In the year of your crime, 9,353 GI's died).
Christopher T. George
May 24, 1968: Four men who protested the Vietnam War--
Josephite priest the Rev. Philip Berrigan, Tom Lewis,
James Mengel and poet David Eberhardt--were
sentenced to jail for pouring blood on draft records.
See The Baltimore Four for more information.
Chris & Donna George with David Eberhardt, Dec. 11 2009,
photograph by Cathy Eberhardt, UFO hovering over TV.
Nice one Chris.