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What I learned, week 3

There are things I learned related to the marches on Saturday, but I think I'm still working on that learning, so I can't really post about it, though, tangentially, my apolitical neighbor and friend has sent round an email to a bunch of her friends (me included) about staying active and engaged after the marches and after the anti-bigotry potluck that a group in town sponsored last Monday, so one thing I learned is: this is how people become activists. I was full of awe and respect.

At that potluck I found out that the longtime town clerk (now retired), an archetypal Yankee type, lean, with white hair, reserved, but with a nice smile, had been in the Selma march, had been on the Edmund Pettus Bridge with John Lewis. He's such an understated guy, a dedicated, quiet civil servant. I think I (re)learned something about who heroes are. Maybe they're the guy you're getting your dog license from.

Here, serving on the Board of Selectmen



It ties in with the poem "Ars Poetica #100," by Elizabeth Alexander (available for reading and listening here), these lines in particular:

Poetry is what you find
in the dirt in the corner,

overhear on the bus, God
in the details, the only way

to get from here to there.
Poetry (and now my voice is rising)

is not all love, love, love,
and I’m sorry the dog died.

Poetry (here I hear myself loudest)
is the human voice,

and are we not of interest to each other?






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sartorias
Jan. 23rd, 2017 11:42 pm (UTC)
That is so lovely!
asakiyume
Jan. 24th, 2017 02:16 am (UTC)
I think so too--all parts.
kayre
Jan. 24th, 2017 12:08 am (UTC)
As I walked around the mall today, I keep noticing the beautiful women (i.e. all the women) and thinking, "maybe they walked with me on Saturday."
asakiyume
Jan. 24th, 2017 02:21 am (UTC)
Chances are very, very good that some of them did ♥

I think I've heard countrywide totals for the march between 2.5 and 3 million. That's a huge margin, but if it hit the 3 million mark, that would be almost 1 percent of the nation marching. Imagine that.
amaebi
Jan. 24th, 2017 01:05 am (UTC)
Lovely--thank you!
asakiyume
Jan. 24th, 2017 02:27 am (UTC)
My pleasure!
heliopausa
Jan. 24th, 2017 01:32 am (UTC)
That is brilliant and wonderful - the quiet man having so much more to him that could be seen in a quick glance. Human beings are so heart-achingly capable of so much.
editing to add: yes! enormously of interest to each other.

Edited at 2017-01-24 04:35 am (UTC)
asakiyume
Jan. 24th, 2017 02:28 am (UTC)
Human beings are so heart-achingly capable of so much. --So, so true! And yes, enormously.
zyzyly
Jan. 24th, 2017 02:04 am (UTC)
I love that poem, and the story about the unassuming town clerk who was really Superman.
asakiyume
Jan. 24th, 2017 02:29 am (UTC)
I'd love to know more about how he came to be involved in the Civil Rights movement.
sovay
Jan. 24th, 2017 02:35 am (UTC)
though, tangentially, my apolitical neighbor and friend has sent round an email to a bunch of her friends (me included) about staying active and engaged after the marches and after the anti-bigotry potluck that a group in town sponsored last Monday, so one thing I learned is: this is how people become activists.

Nice!

the longtime town clerk (now retired), an archetypal Yankee type, lean, with white hair, reserved, but with a nice smile, had been in the Selma march, had been on the Edmund Pettus Bridge with John Lewis.

And also nice!

Thank you for sharing pieces of their stories.
asakiyume
Jan. 25th, 2017 02:54 am (UTC)
It's my pleasure to share.
browngirl
Jan. 24th, 2017 03:04 am (UTC)
OMGOMGOMG

I wish I could thank your clerk in person.
asakiyume
Jan. 25th, 2017 02:56 am (UTC)
I'm glad there are people like him in the world!
xjenavivex
Jan. 24th, 2017 10:14 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much

asakiyume
Jan. 25th, 2017 02:56 am (UTC)
T'warnt nuthin', Ma'am :-)
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