2nd & Burnside from inside the copsquare
It takes a lot of gall
to sit and sit and sit
and know you'll be
you "have to work in the morning"
but knowing also
that the better choice
is standing up
for what you believe in
and sitting down.
Only a restful night later,
after finally sleeping in a soft place
did I realize why we were shushing
the yellers in our solidarity circle.
Because when we got arrested,
and charged for the crime
of disorderly conduct
which I call civil disobedience,
we'd have a defense-
we were orderly,
we were calm,
and we were certainly conducting ourselves in an orderly fashion.
People in the windows above--
children with "no war" signs,
a jock without a shirt,
and many many in and on apartments
and we waited
the cops were sure
that everyone they owned
so that we would come
without pepper spray
and without tear gas
and without beating
they had pushed in on the standers
and now the standers were gone.
If they had been sitters, they would have helped our numbers in jail
and maybe we would have gotten out sooner...
I mean, they only have so much room in the jails.
As people get arrested, one of the protesters picks up trash.
In fact, all through the sit-in, we've had
and a sense of togetherness
I have not often felt.
We have become "its"
to the cops.