Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Ohio (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)

I meant to post this Sunday, on the anniversary of Kent State - it's still horrific, 38 years later...

On May 4, 1970 the Ohio National Guard opened fire into a busy college campus during a school day. A total of 67 shots were fired in 13 seconds. Four students: (L to R) Allison Krause, William Schroeder, Jeffrey Miller, and Sandra Scheuer were killed. Nine students were wounded.

More here...

Ohio by Neil Young

The Kent State Coverup by Joseph Kelner, James Munves

POEM: Where Does It End? by Jeffrey Glenn Miller

The strife and fighting continue into the night.

Mechanical birds sound of death as they buzz


spitting fire into the doomed towns where the women

and children run and hide in the bushes

and ask why-

why are we not left to live our own lives?

In the pastures converted into battlefields

the small metal pellets speed through the air,

pausing occasionally to claim another victim.

A teenager from a small Ohio farm clutches his side

in pain and as he feels his life ebbing away, he too

asks why-

why is he dying here, thousands of miles from home,

giving his life for those who did not even ask his help?

The War Without a Purpose marches on relentlessly,

not stopping to mourn for its dead,

content to wait for its end.

But all the frightened parents who still have their sons

fear that

the end is not in sight.

NOTE: This poem was written when Jeff Miller (one of the slain Kent State students) was in high school. At this point he'd never been to Ohio.

QUOTE: "Again, where the people are absolute rulers of the land, they rejoice in having a reserve of youthful citizens, while a king counts this a hostile element and seeks to slay the leading ones, all such as he deems discreet, for he feareth for his power." ~ Euripides

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