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A Quick, Almost Limerick

For Stew

by RON JACOBS

The yippie who
the masses knew
but never got the fame
abbie, jerry, krassner too
the women unknown
the wanted few

a brother who
when the times were tough
used his street sense
and played it rough
smuggled weather around the land
insisted the panthers had a plan

it started on one new year’s eve
the plot to stop the war
richard daley and his centurions
they vowed to shut that door
revolution for the hell of it
came out of woodstock nation

emma goldman and her dancing
was one of the inspirations
lsd and reefer madness
could turn around the nation
the yippies in the afterworld
will add to their celebration.

RON JACOBS is author of The Way the Wind Blew: a history of the Weather Underground, which is just republished by Verso. Jacobs’ essay on Big Bill Broonzy is featured in CounterPunch’s new collection on music, art and sex, Serpents in the Garden. He can be reached at: rjacobs3625@charter.net