Poem expresses support for Gates

Middlebury College professor Gary Margolis showed his support for Henry Louis Gates Jr. with this poem:

Ajar

Who hasn’t lost the keys to his
own house, searched for a window
to crawl through, kicked a back door

open, to see if it was left open?
Frost did at his Ripton farm house.
I’m telling you I climb through

a window when he isn’t there so I can
look around. No one’s around to call
the police who rarely exist up there.

Frost is a bridge to Cambridge.
He lived there, too. And now
Henry Louis Gates Jr. who the police

find in his own house. Mr. Gates
isn’t broke and entering. He lives
in his own house. Frost didn’t have

to carry an ID. Berryman found
the key to his own Henry and then
water under a bridge, I’m sorry to say.

The police want us to think it’s all
water under the bridge. I have to say
I’m sorry. For them. Someone has to

pay his respects. I expect we haven’t
heard the last of this. A poem needs
its refrain. White-haired Frost doesn’t

leave a key under his mat for me
when I come home late, when I’ve
forgotten which window I’ve left unlocked.

 

Acadamia supports Gates

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~ by ARR on July 27, 2009.

3 Responses to “Poem expresses support for Gates”

  1. […] Perhaps the most unusual support for Gates came in the form of a poem titled “Ajar,” by Middlebury College professor Gary Margolis, who heads the Vermont college’s Mental Health Services. It begins: Who hasn’t lost the keys to his own house, searched for a window to crawl through, kicked a back door open, to see if it was left open? To read it in full, click here. […]

  2. I have HQ audio of the Henry Gates 911 call, Moderator, If you are interested

  3. Here is the dispatch call by the police to go with the 911 audio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TDapglzINc

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