For Harvey Milk

For Harvey Milk

For Harvey Milk

When you reached your arms out
to Dan White did you know he had
a gun? Did his locked jaw warn

you? Is this why you had a camera
shop, to photograph the
present? Did you know we lit

a galaxy of candles on Castro Street
and that the boy in Iowa saw you
on TV? When James Byrd was dragged

through the streets, did you feel his spirit?

Based on the poem of the same title by Becky Thompson. Performed 13 May 2010 by Gabriela Castro (clarinet), Leah Cecil (harp), Eric Lam (cello), and Kathryn Radakovich (soprano).

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