Friday, October 31, 2008

Being in Effigy

While I am a strong proponent of the freedom afforded in the Constitution, I am overjoyed that the young man who hung Sarah Palin in effigy has been convinced by the mayor of his town to remove the despicable likeness.

Effigies are awful things, evoking the most horrendous memories.

Bodies hung from trees, men and women asphyxiated now free.
Strange fruit indeed.
Bodies hung from trees, fathers, mothers leaving behind sucklings.
Strange fruit indeed.
Bodies hung from trees, silenced forever never more to concede.
Strange fruit indeed.
Bodies hung from trees, a repugnant history never more to be.

Being in effigy is no memory to evoke regardless of who it might be.

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