Here is my letter to the Woodstock Times describing our successful occupation of Woodstock last Saturday (with footnotes).
As one of the instigators (and bona fide non-leaders) of Occupy Woodstock, let me thank everyone who came last Saturday, chatted, chanted, made posters, froze, sang happy birthday to Bradley Manning (the U.S. Army soldier charged with handing 250,000 documents to Wikileaks, who is currently on trial), joined the breakaway march to the Bank of America* — or just honked their car horns in support, or stared from across the street. We "held" the Town Green for almost 4 hours and started a tiny library. Just before we left, a woman arrived, remarked, "I can only stay for five minutes," and unfolded a large sign: OCCUPY YOUR HEART.**
*Only to discover that the bank was closed!
**Sadly, I didn’t have the courage to read my latest poem:
The New Wind
Brace yourself for a new wind!
It will be strong, impetuous.
Soon the wind will knock
at your thin door!