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H2O Man

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Wed Jun 12, 2024, 01:02 PM Jun 12

The Slaughter of the Innocents [View all]

Imagine; three of them

As though survival
were a rat's word,
and a rat's death
waited there at the end

and I must have
in the century's boneyard
hefy of flesh and bone in my arms

I picked up the littlest
a boy, his face
breaded with rice (his sister calmly feeding him
as we climbed down)

In my arms fathered
in a moment's grace, the messiah
of all my tears, I bore, reborn

A Hioshima child from hell.

-- Daniel Berrigan


I was fortunate to know Daniel and his brother Phillip. I knew that along with Thomas Merton, they had been early voices of opposition to the US involvement in the civil war in Vietnam. Daniel had the haunting look that I imagine the great prophets of the Bible had, a seriousness about the injustices that the powerful wreck upon the poor throughout history.

Daniel, a Jesuit, taught at unoversities such as Cornell in his early career. But he recognized the sins of wardare, and would join with Rev. Neuhaus, Rabbi Heschel, Rev Niebuhr, Rev. Coffin, and Rev Martin Luther King, Jr., to form "Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam." Daniel would participate in protests such as the "Baltimore Four," where he baptized draft records with human blood.

He spent time incarcerated, and then on the underground. One of my favorite things is a copy of a letter he sent to other anti-war activists who were underground. Daniel was on the FBI's Most Wanted list.

At the time, there were those from below, who were incapable of grasping his message. They believed he was an Enemy of the State. Years later, I used the above poem in an op-ed in the largest newspaper in my region opposed to the US war in Iraq. I, too, was deemed an enemey by those of lesser understanding. And today, upon reading some OPs on DU:GD, I see a few friends assigning the same nonsense to those opposed to the Slaughter of the Innocents in Gaza. "They aren't Democrats," etc. If they only knew.

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I worked for CALC and loved my time there. I had a son that I feared would face the draft when he reached 18 and that CTyankee Jun 12 #1
Very good! H2O Man Jun 12 #3
At the time, it really wasn't a debate (later it was) to me. No debate! They won't take my son! CTyankee Jun 12 #5
I remember H2O Man Jun 12 #6
When I lived in Lake Tahoe, two of my friends who had had sons eligible for niyad Jun 12 #22
Thank you malaise Jun 12 #10
Thank you. Passages Jun 12 #2
And thank you! H2O Man Jun 12 #4
As with most everything, especially the most devastating of issues with great emotion... OneGrassRoot Jun 12 #7
Thank you. H2O Man Jun 12 #8
i think the ppl u speak of r probably accelerationists. mopinko Jun 12 #38
That's it - accelerationists! OneGrassRoot Jun 12 #39
Great OP My Brother malaise Jun 12 #9
Thank you! H2O Man Jun 12 #11
That simple malaise Jun 12 #12
It is sad H2O Man Jun 12 #14
Maybe y'all can humor me, because this is where previous conversations went off the rails... OneGrassRoot Jun 12 #16
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, Ping Tung Jun 12 #13
Thank you!!! H2O Man Jun 12 #15
Thanks for this. Really. Thanks. Nanjeanne Jun 12 #17
And thank you! H2O Man Jun 12 #19
I once called some protesters not Democrats. Beastly Boy Jun 12 #18
No. H2O Man Jun 12 #20
Thank you. Beastly Boy Jun 12 #31
Beautiful....and sad. Thank you. n/t yorkster Jun 12 #21
Thank you! H2O Man Jun 12 #23
Thank you. niyad Jun 12 #24
And thank you! H2O Man Jun 12 #28
I have spent over 50 years trying to help undo some of the damage niyad Jun 12 #30
No end and no beginning... malthaussen Jun 12 #33
Thank you. Goddessartist Jun 12 #25
I was against the Vietnam War, and what did we accomplish? Nothing. Lonestarblue Jun 12 #26
Highly recommended Bundbuster Jun 12 #27
Thank you. Think. Again. Jun 12 #29
Seems to me, nothing justifies the killing of random children... malthaussen Jun 12 #32
Great post surfered Jun 12 #34
I'm friends with Philip Berrigan's daughter Frida. femmedem Jun 12 #35
Jerusalem has waded, up to the horses withers.....into the blood jaxexpat Jun 12 #36
Gaza has broken my heart Saoirse9 Jun 12 #37
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