Saturday, March 17, 2012

Poem to post on Macdonald campus walls during the strike

Have you listened to Jim Nicell
referring to himself as “we?”
Nice, hell, Jim's a fuss about
institutional emergency.

Jim has told us that he has
a response team who decides
to send us emails, to communicate
with the rest of us. Besides,

He advises we avoid Sherbrooke Street
and the people waiting there.
He wants you to know about those things
that might unsettle, disturb, or scare
Of unlawful students you ought to be
especially aware.

While it is safe to leave buildings
(sometimes it is quite quiet)
Jim warns us to be cautious
of downtown's simmering riot.

He warns us specifically
of the south and east,
because that's where the students clash
with Montreal police.

That tricky bureaucrat!
Shall we let him decide
to manipulate us, saying
“For the moment, stay inside”?

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