Friday, April 1, 2011

Poem of the Week: Dan Wilcox

Chatham Peace Vigil

The lunch counter TV is busy.

My sandwich is slow, but

sitting feels good after standing

the hour in the village square.

Freight trains going by, waves

& honks from cars for the graying crowd

at the peace vigil on the 8th

anniversary of the invasion of Iraq

the knit caps & scarves, even two dogs
(they put the "pee" in "peace").

But it didn't work: on TV

a fighter plane tumbles out of the sky

over Libya, "more war" the pundits say

(while we said "no more war").

I eat in peace, for now

while the killing is televised.

Tomorrow I will be back on the street.

-Dan Wilcox

Used by permission.

Dan Wilcox is a poet & peace activist who also hosts the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center in Albany, NY. He is a member of the poetry performance group "3 Guys from Albany" & is an active member of Veterans for Peace. You can read his Blog at

Wilcox was on the panel The Public Role of Poetry: How to Build a Poetry Reading at Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2010.

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