By Ric Hudgens, for Daniel Berrigan, on his birthday
Daniel Berrigan once gave the commencement address at Xavier High School on West 16th Street in New York.
The story goes he walked to the podium declared “Know where you stand and stand there.” Then he sat down.
you don’t know
where you are
the first thing.
once you know
where you stand
One thought on “Know Where You Stand”
This poem is one of three “For Berrigan”. Here I am reading all three at the Highlander Center as part of a faith-rooted organizer gathering one week after the 2016 Presidential election: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4HEchPtnCM