May Day

Haymarket: May Day, 1939

Burton Jerome Barnett

Published: New Masses, May 2, 1939;
HTML: for in March, 2002

August Spies: You may strangle this voice, but there will be a time when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today.
Albert Parsons: O men of America, let the voice of the people be heard!

Still bright, and searing ignorance and fear,
This stronger beacon that you tended burns
And on this day of each advancing year
The memory of that first May First

But now the widespread fingers strengthen,
More lithe, and flexing at the wrist--
O fingers forming to the fist!

Now is the imminence of commmonweal--
The turgid lambency of molten iron
Hardening in even lines of steel.