11-29-12 Memorial to Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie


American peace activist killed in Gaza by Israeli bulldozer 

To-morrow, perhaps the future. The research on fatigue

And the movements of packers; the gradual exploring of all the

Octaves of radiation;

To-morrow the enlarging of consciousness by diet and breathing.

To-morrow the rediscovery of romantic love,

The photographing of ravens; all the fun under

Liberty’s masterful shadow;

To-morrow the hour of the pageant-master and the musician,

The beautiful roar of the chorus under the dome;

To-morrow the exchanging of tips on the breeding of terriers,

The eager election of chairmen

By the sudden forest of hands. But to-day the struggle.

From “Spain“, W. H. Auden, March 1937

One response so far

  1. Pat,

    This is elegant and moving.

    When I tried to say so by regular email, the message failed owing to a “permanent error,” so I now don’t know if I can reach you by email.


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