I was at a Kennedy Health Systems facility as a patient on Saturday-the 22nd of November : 50th anniversary of the murder of John F. Kennedy at Dealey Plaza- Austin,TX.
I got a bit emotional when the flags were lowered to Half-Mast in his honor.
He was the first Person I ever voted for —-and,on this day of all days, I heard another patient, gabbing on his cell phone about he he could hardly wait till “they get rid of that other bastard”.
I spent a restless night—-and wrote this poem the following morning.
2013 Dealey Plaza
The Harpies of the shore
Cry , “No ! No – Nevermore !
We do not want your soaring Eagles here !
All the flags are raised and lowered ;
They flutter at Half-Mast again
To remind those who remember
Of the days of rage and sorrow;
Of the hopelessness so many felt back then.
But-life goes on, and tempers cool:
All too soon The Harpies know they need not hide.
Another Eagle is in their sights;
Another Mortal wounds their rotten pride,
Another Dealey Plaza waits-
Another Grassy Knoll
A suitable fanatic
With cold murder in his soul.
Once again, we’ll raise the flags
And lower to “Half-Mast”-
We’ll dream of how bold Eagles soared
And pray that time’s not past !