Bonnie Chernin
Crossing the Delta
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By Bonnie Chernin
July 19, 2021

    Our traveler is on the move
    Trying to escape the blues
    of his strange northern hometown
    that has changed.

    He makes his way to the Greater Mississippi
    From a delta variant
    to a Delta known
    seeking out the happy blues
    born of Mississippi mud
    of music and relaxed expression.
    The hopes of a new State of Freeing
    from The State of Suppression
    and Commanded choices.

    But our southern sojourner
    has been shot along the way.
    There were no bullets
    there was no blood
    there was only a trigger
    a false alarm,
    an illegal entry
    an extended arm
    a momentary cry
    the fear of doom
    a sterile gauze pad
    swiped all resistance.

    He was shot
    and has armed resistance
    shouldering the jab of pain.
    Recalling the memory
    of freedom’s surge
    that grows ever dimmer…
    dimmer…
    dim.

    Like the brash band sound of
    Beale Street Blues.
    People laughing, tapping their feet as
    his ears strain to hear what was.

    The band plays softly in his head.
    Our southern comforter is safe today.

© Bonnie Chernin

 

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Bonnie Chernin

In 1986, Bonnie Chernin attended her first pro-life convention where she met author Ann Saltenberger and received a copy of her outstanding book, "Every Woman Has the Right to Know the Dangers of Legal Abortion." This book inspired Bonnie to become actively involved in the pro-life movement.

In the early 1990s, Bonnie volunteered at the office of Manhattan Right to Life, and began writing letters and op-ed pieces for local newspapers on the topic of abortion.... (more)

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