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Teaching & Understanding Sept 11:

Living Free is the Best Revenge by Robert Johnson

Weíre asked to give up civil rights
in the fight against terrorism.
There is an undeniable appeal
in this appeal to patriotism.
People are dying for us,
canít we make sacrifices, too?

And arenít we just facing reality?
Civil rights suit civil times,
martial rights, martial times.
Aliens and Traitors deserve only
the justice we can muster.

But in a free society, arenít
civil rights and human rights 
one and the same,
in good times and in bad,
in war and in peace
for all within our borders?

We may stop being civil 
when we are at war
But do we ever stop being 
human?

If some of us must die for freedom,
the rest of us should live it
every day, in every way
we can.


Robert Johnson is Professor and Chair of the Dept of Justice, Law and Society, at American University. 

Rappahannock Record
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002 A4

(c) 2002 Robert Johnson

Other poems by Robert Johnson: "Village Life", "It Takes A Child" and "Nine One One"

Johnson's first published collection of poems, Poetic Justice is now available. Many sample poems, contents and ordering information are available in this Adobe .pdf file (92k). 

Amazon.com: Poetic Justice: reflections on the Big House, the Death House & the American Way of Justice

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Other poems by Robert Johnson: "Village Life", "It Takes A Child" and "Nine One One"

Johnson's first published collection of poems, Poetic Justice is now available. Many sample poems, contents and ordering information are available in this Adobe .pdf file. 

Amazon.com: Poetic Justice: reflections on the Big House, the Death House & the American Way of Justice


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