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TROPHY: Poem By Dee Allen

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Stormed twice.

Flooded twice.

Ivory dome in Madison,

Standing symbol of government hierarchy.

The suited cretins inside

Its main bureaucratic chamber

Decided to repair Wisconsin’s budget

At educational and union workers’ expense.

{ Police unions

Were kept off the sacrificial altar. }

Hard rains bring raging tides.

State patrolmen had no chance of keeping

The human cascade from crashing through

Windows and entrances,

Filling all three floors,

Spilling over shiny marble corridors and stairs.

Inside the dome, no bureaucrat was safe.

Choppy waves in the rotunda

Resound loudly in countless voices

Their sole demand:



Stormed twice. Flooded twice.

Taken twice. Occupied twice.

As a battle souvenir, spoils of class warfare

that just beganto shift in favour of those

below the state’s gatekeepers. For the first time

in several generations

It’s not the people’s capitol unless they take it

As a trophy.


Author: Street Sheet Editor

The STREET SHEET is the oldest continuously published street news paper in the United States. Organizationally, it is the public education and outreach tool of the Coalition on Homelessness. Every month, the STREET SHEET reaches 32,000 readers through over 200 homeless or low-income vendors. Our vendors are charged nothing for the papers they receive, and keep all money they earn through STREET SHEET distribution.

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