I Saw Judi Bari

©1996 Dan Scanlan

I saw Judi Bari singing in the crowd

Not but five foot tall, Damn! she sings loud.

She gave her voice to the redwoods,

Giant silent, proud.

I saw Judi Bari singing in the crowd.

Woman born of labor, labors to give birth,

Spreading wide with fervor, Damn! she fights with mirth.

She organized the struggle

Against rampant Maxxam dearth.

Woman born of labor, labors to give birth.

Her broken body battered by a bomber's blast

Then cancer at full gallop grabbed her by the breast

The press told bold lies--it's own and the FBI's

They said she bombed herself, they said she faked her cancer

But standing strong as redwood, nonviolence was her answer

And even in her death she had them all outclassed.

I saw Judi Bari singing in the crowd.

Not but five foot tall, Damn! she sings loud!

She gave voice to the redwoods,

Giant silent, proud.

I saw Judi Bari singing in the crowd.


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